I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Geranium robertianum (Herb Robert, Robert Geranium) - Wales, UK
6/6/17 Road from Ffald-y-Brenin to Jabes Vestry (Pontfaen),
From Wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe by Andrew Cleave & Paul Sterry:
A straggling, unpleasant-smelling annual with rather brittle stems and roughly triangular leaves, these deeply divided into 3-5 lobes, each of which is further divided pinnately. The 5-petaled pink flowers have orange pollen showing at the centre. Widespread and very common.
Flowering period: April-November
Habitat: Shade tolerant and found in a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, hedgerows, shrubby gardens, waste ground, embankments, limestone pavements and coastal shingle.