Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Geum laciniatum Murray
- Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: The distinguishing marks of this species are its whitish petals smaller than the
lobes of the green sepals, flower stalks densely covered by spreading hairs, and its jointed styles.
- Habitat: Meadows, thickets, open, wet soil.
- Habit: Perennial herb from rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, usually branched, often covered with downward pointing hairs, up to 3 feet tall.
- Leaves: Basal leaves with long stalks, pinnately lobed, the lobes with jagged segments, hairy, up to 10 inches long; stem leaves alternate, simple or divided into 3 leaflets, coarsely toothed, hairy, tapering to the base.
- Flowers: Several from the axils of the uppermost leaves, on densely hairy stalks.
- Sepals: 5, green, ovate-lanceolate, pointed at the tip, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, rounded at the tip, shorter than the sepals.
- Stamens: Numerous.
- Pistils: Several, free from each other, hairy, the ovaries superior with a long style.
- Fruits: Achenes crowded in a spherical head up to 1 inch in diameter, the achenes brownish, up to 1/4 inch long, with a long, persistent style.
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