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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, perennial herb, or ± woody, generally glandular-hairy.
Leaf: simple to compound, basal and cauline; cauline alternate or opposite, stipules 2, ± on stem.
Inflorescence: cyme or pseudo- umbel or 1–2-flowered.
Flower: bisexual [ unisexual], radial or ± bilateral; sepals 5, free, overlapping in bud; petals generally 5, free, generally with nectar glands at base; stamens generally 5,10; staminodes scale-like or 0; ovary generally 5-lobed, upper part elongating into beak in fruit, chambers 5, placentas axile, style 1, stigmas 5, free, persistent in fruit.
Fruit: septicidal [ loculicidal], mericarps 5, dry, generally 1-seeded, each persistent on 1 of 5 linear segments of beak that separate from central column by curving or coiling upward.
6 genera, ± 750 species: temperate, ± tropics. Some cultivated for ornamental, perfume oils. [Bakker et al. 2006 Taxon 55:887–896] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Bakker, F. T., Breman, F., & Merckx, V. 2006. DNA sequence evolution in fast-evolving mitochondrial DNA nad1 exons in Geraniaceae and Plantaginaceae. Taxon 55: 887–896; Price & Palmer 1993 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 80:661–671]
1. Fl ± bilateral; nectary 1, deeply embedded into receptacle; fertile stamens 1–7, united at base ..... PELARGONIUM
1' Fl radial (± bilateral); nectaries 5, on petal bases; fertile stamens 5 or 10, free
2. Fertile stamens generally 10; leaf palmately lobed or divided ..... GERANIUM
2' Fertile stamens generally 5; leaf generally pinnately lobed to compound
3. Staminodes 0; leaf simple, ± palmately lobed or not, veins ± palmate ..... CALIFORNIA
3' Staminodes 5, alternate stamens; leaf simple to pinnately compound, veins pinnate ..... ERODIUM
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