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Geranium maderense (Giant Herb Robert)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
Species: G. maderense
Binomial name: Geranium maderense
Common name: Giant Herb Robert, Madeira cranesbill, Madeira Daisy

Geranium maderense is a species of flowering plant native to the humid forests of the island of Madeira. It is the largest of the geranium family. Geranium maderense is a robust, mound-forming but short-lived evergreen perennial or biennial. It can grow to 1.5 m tall and wide.
It has palmately lobed or deeply, divided, glossy, light green, fern like leaves that are up to 20cm in length. The leaves are in a rosette attached to burgundy stems that arise from the soil. 
As the plant develops the lower most leaves often sag and act as a support prop for the plant.
During summer in it’s second year Geranium maderense the centre of the plant sends up scores of hairy, red flower stems topped with large panicles. The pink 5 petaled flowers are 4cm across and have a dark, pink-magenta centre. 
After the seeds ripen and are shed, the plant dies.









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