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Aug 4, 2013 10:33 PM

plant seen on Guernsey coast

Can someone name this plant seen on Guernsey near the coast in late June. Its 5 petals were probably separate and beneath it was a tangle of stems.? I did not take a specimen, thinking such a distinctive plant would be easy to identify. See attachment photo. From memory the flower diameter was around 2 cm.PICT0015.JPG

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    Aug 5, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to donhi)
    Re: plant seen on Guernsey coast

    Could be Geranium maderense.    

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      Aug 12, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to pinemarten)
      Re: plant seen on Guernsey coast

      Yes - you're right definitely Geranium maderense. There is often a lot of confusion over these big Macaronesian Geranium's and they are regularly mis-identified. Interestingly Stace mentions that Guernsey "maderense" plants are G. reuteri (G. canariense as was) - that plant is smaller, the central leaflet is sessile (which we can't see) usually less glandular -hairy and the throat of the flower is paler not darker than the petal-limb. The pinkish styles (not white) also confirm this. It would be useful to know exactly where on the coast it was?

      Best wishes

      Fred

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