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Geranium caespitosum

 Geranium caespitosum

Geranium caespitosum (Purple Wild Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
West Mancos Trail, June 27, 2004.
Lower Calico Trail, June 16, 2004.

Geranium viscosissimum

Geranium viscosissimum

Geranium viscosissimum (Sticky Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, August 4, 2008.

Geranium viscosissimum (Sticky Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, August 4, 2008.

 

Geranium richardsonii (Wild Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer, fall.
Near the Dolores-Norwood Road, June 15, 2006.

Geranium richardsonii
Geranium richardsonii
Geranium richardsonii (Wild Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer, fall.
Little Taylor Creek Trail, July 28, 2005.  Lone Mesa State Park, September 22, 2008.

The long, narrow, pointed seed-pods give rise to the common names "Crane’s Bill", "Stork's Bill", and "Heron's Bill".  When the pods dry, they split along the long axis, curl, and reveal the seeds.  

Geranium richardsonii

Geranium richardsonii (Wild Geranium)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer, fall.
Left: Sharkstooth Trail, August 30, 2004 and Navajo Lake Trail, September 24, 2012.
Below: Sharkstooth Trail, September 1, 2016 and U.S. Basin, August 9, 2017.

It is common for a few Geranium richardsonii leaves to turn red early in the summer and for red leaves to increase in number through the summer. As the photograph immediately below shows, by fall, red leaves dominate.

The final photograph below shows Geranium richardsonii in its full glory dotting a wildflower meadow at tree-line with hundreds of plants and thousands of white flowers.

Geranium richardsonii

Geranium richardsonii