Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Shining Crane's-Bill (Geranium lucidum)

Shining cranesbill demands relatively high summer temperatures, a long growing period and a long, frost-free autumn. Even in suitable climates, however, it doesn’t grow just anywhere: typical nitrogenous soils that it clearly favours include ridges, cracks and crags on bird rocks, e.g. in Finland’s outer archipelago, where it often grows in the shade of hedges. Sometimes it also grows in the calciferous soil of the archipelago, but in such cases the growing medium has most likely been enhanced by birds’ droppings. As shining cranesbill carpels ripen they usually break off and fall to the mother plant’s roots. The species doesn’t seem to spread very efficiently over long journeys, which would explain why it has failed to establish itself in habitats that appear suitable. (LINK)

Crane's-bill Family

Dog Mill Pond


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