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Annual, perennial herb, or ± woody, generally hairy
Leaves simple to compound, basal and cauline; cauline alternate or opposite, stipules present
Inflorescence: cyme or umbel
Flower bisexual, radial or ± bilateral; sepals 5, free, overlapping in bud; petals 5, free, with nectar glands at base; stamens generally 5 or 10; staminodes scale-like or 0; pistil 5-lobed, chambers 5, placentas axile, styles 5, fused to axis, columnar in fruit, stigmas atop axis 5, free
Fruit: segments 5, dry, 1–2-seeded, separating from each other and then from column; fruit body dehiscent on 1 side or not; part of style persistent atop ovary and separating with it, curved to tightly coiled when dry
Genera in family: 14 genera, ± 750 species: temp, ± tropical. Some cultivated for ornamental, perfume oils
Reference: [Robertson 1972 J Arnold Arbor 53:182–201]
Family description, key to genera by M.S. Taylor.



Mary Susan Taylor

Annual, perennial herb
Leaves palmately lobed or divided; upper alternate or opposite; blade generally round in outline, base generally cordate, ± hairy
Inflorescence: cyme; flowers (1)2
Flower: sepals awned or not; stamens 10, outer 5 opposite petals, inner 5 alternate petals
Fruit: body dehiscent, generally ovoid, 1–2-seeded, base rounded; style column narrowed at top below free stigmas, forming a beak in fruit; part of style persistent to fruit body glabrous to puberulent on side facing column
Species in genus: 250–300 species: temp, tropical mtns
Etymology: (Greek: crane, from beak-like fruit)
Reference: [Jones & Jones 1943 Rhodora 45:5–26;32–53]
Some ornamental, cultivated for oils. Native per (especially G. californicum, G. richardsonii ) vary regionally, are often difficult to separate, need further study.


G. pusillum L.

Stem prostrate to decumbent, 1–5 dm, often branched, puberulent
Leaves: lower 10–25 cm; blades 2–5 cm wide, divided into 5–9 oblong to wedge-shaped segments, upper half of segments lobed or not
Flower: pedicels 8–15 mm; sepals 3–4 mm, acute; petals ± = sepals, ± notched, pink to violet; fertile stamens 5–8
Fruit: body ± 2 mm, minutely strigose; style column 7–9 mm, beak < 1 mm
Seed smooth
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed sites
Elevation: < 500 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, s Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central Coast, s Modoc Plateau, s East of Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, e N.America; native to Europe
Flowering time: Jun–Sep

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