N.O. Geraniaceae, forming the class Monadelphia, in which the bases of the stamens are united. There are 5 petals, and the stamens are in two sets of 5, one set being in some cases suppressed (as in Erodium), so that the plants would seem then to belong to Group vi. Recognized by the beak-like fruits. For the mallows (N.O. Malvaceae) see Group xviii; plants with many stamens.

No.

Botanical Name.

Common Name.

Season.

Situation.

Structure and Habit.

131

Geranium

Crane's-bill .

May-Sept.

Various. .

About a dozen species in England.

i. sanguin-eum

Bloody C.

July-Aug.

Rocks . .

Handsome crimson flowers, one on a stalk.

ii. sylvati-cum

Wood C.

June-July

Woods . .

Large purple blossoms, two on a stalk.

iii. pratense.

Meadow C. .

June-July

Fields . .

Similar to ii, purple, leaves orbicular.

iv. Roberti-anum

Herb Robert.

May-Aug.

Wastes . .

Smells foxy, rambling, pink, seeds smooth.

v. lucidum .

Shining C. .

May-Aug.

Walls . .

Stems and leaves tinged with red, glabrous.

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Erodium . .

Stork's-bill .

May-Aug.

Wastes . .

Flowers small, pink or rose. 3 species.