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Shining Crane's-bill

Geranium lucidum


Geranium lucidum, commonly known as shining crane's-bill, is a herbaceous annual plant native to Europe, western Asia and North Africa. The stems of G.lucidum, which grow to reach 35 cm, are brittle, fleshy, hairless and often red. The round leaves are five lobed, sometimes have short hairs on the upper surface and are shiny, which is a distinguishing feature of this species. The Flowers has bright pink, rounded petals and five stamens with yellow anthers. The fruits are beaked capsules, the surface of the capsule is ridged. When ripe, the capsules explode into five parts, helping the seeds of the plant to spread.


Likes to grow on rocks and it prefers limestone, in urban or suburban areas it can be found growing on walls or waste grounds. The spotting was observed on the eastern side of the Amanus mountains in southern Turkey, approx. elevation 900 m.


Loved how it grew from the crack on that rock, can be seen better on photo 3, it almost looks like that this tiny plant have cracked the rock.

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Mustafa Rustom
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Mustafa Rustom

Güneydoğu Anadolu Bölgesi, Turkey

Spotted on Apr 8, 2018
Submitted on Apr 15, 2018

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