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396090.  Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:01 pm Reply with quote

Geranium (unlike Germanium) is the name of a genus of flowers.

Confusingly, gardeners often use the word geranium to describe members of the genus Pelargonium which aren't Geraniums.

So if you have a geranium, not only is it not Germanium, it may also not be a Geranium.

396105.  Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:07 pm Reply with quote

That's certainly germane.

396112.  Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:37 pm Reply with quote

This is certainly Germaine.

King of Quok
403205.  Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:07 am Reply with quote

The word from the flower (like its English relative, the cranesbill) comes from the Greek 'geranos=crane', alluding to the carpels of the plant, which are shaped like a long beak. I can't think of much exciting about them, except that Geranium maderense, which is indigenous to Madeira, and the largest family member at 60cm tall, has leaf stalks that curl backwards on themselves after the leaf blade has fallen away and provide a prop for the main stem of the plant. They are not related to Ms Greer or Mr Jackson.


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