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Geranium carolinianum  L.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, Kansas
Height: 4-28 inches
Family: Geraniaceae - Geranium Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Also Called: Carolina geranium.
Stems: Erect, branched near base and above, sparsely hairy; branches up to 24 inches long.
Leaves: Alternate, stalked, pale or dull green, circular in outline, 1 to 2.5 inches wide, deeply palmately-divided into 5-9 lobes; lobes cleft or parted; lobe tips blunt.
Inflorescences: Flowers usually in pairs, pairs grouped into loose clusters in upper leaf axils.
Flowers: Small, 1/3 to 1/2 inch across; sepals 5, overlapping, narrowly to broadly ovate, 3-5-nerved, hairy, bristle-tipped; petals 5, about equaling sepals, overlapping, white or pink, tips rounded to blunt; stamens 10.
Fruits: Capsules, slender, 1 to 2 inches long, hairy, with 5 1-seeded cavities at base, prominent column topped by 5 short beaks; seeds oblong, dark brown.
Habitat: Dry waste areas, fields, prairies, pastures, lawns, and roadsides; various soil types.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas.
Origin: Native to North America.
Comments: Carolina cranesbill is a somewhat weedy species that reproduces via seeds.

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