Geranium molle, Soft crane's-bill, Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill,
גרניון רך

Scientific name:  Geranium molle L.
Common name:  Soft crane's-bill,Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill
Hebrew name:   גרניון רך
Family:  Geraniaceae, גרניים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  10-40 cm tall; decumbent to erect, soft-hairy
Leaves:  Alternate, dissected, notched outline
Inflorescence:  Axillary and terminal pedunculate umbels of 2-3 flowers
Flowers:  Pink petals, shallowly notched, 3-5 mm long, soft-hairy; sepals slightly shorter than the petals, the tips abruptly pointed
Fruits / pods:  Carpels, glabrous, finely cross-wrinkled; styles 6-8 mm long, the beak 1-2 mm long; seeds orbicular, glabrous; seed smooth
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Med - Euro-Siberian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Flora of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine


Derivation of the botanical name:
Geranium, Greek geranos, a crane; in allusion to the long beak of the carpels.
molle, soft, pliant.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Geranium molle, Soft crane's-bill, Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill, גרניון רך