Nature Notes - The Mallorca Pages


Geranium rotundifolium
Lower flower c 11 mm across at widest

Geranium rotundifolium
= Round-leaved Cranesbill.
Leaves very similar to G molle
  Geranium molle

Geranium molle = Dovesfoot Cranesbill


Geranium dissectum
Flower (not fully open) c 5.5 mm across

Geranium dissectum = Cut-leaved Cranesbill
  Geranium lucidum

Geranium lucidum = Shining Cranesbill


Geranium purpureum

Geranium purpureum = Little Robin
  Erodium chium

Erodium chium = Chios Storksbill


Erodium malacoides
Face-on flower c 1.7 cm across at widest

Erodium malacoides = Mallow-leaved Storksbill
  Erodium cicutarium

Erodium cicutarium = Common Storksbill
Basal rosette only found, leaf from it shown


 Erodium moschatum  

Erodium moschatum


Erodium moschatum

Erodium moschatum = Musk Storksbill

Several members of the Geranium family were common on walls and roadsides.  Geranium purpureum was particularly abundant on walls, and is very similar to our own Herb Robert (G robertianum), but larger and with purple rather than red on the leaves and stems.  Pre-flowering rosettes of G purpureum on rocks in the woods, though, looked exactly like those of Herb Robert which are so familiar in our own woods.  The other four Geranium species shown all occurred on roadsides and waste ground.  The only Mallorcan Geranium sp I did not see was G columbinum.

Storksbills were also common, particularly Erodium malacoides, often on walls with G purpureum.  E chium has similar leaves and was only positively identified on a couple of occasions.  E moschatum was found once, by the roadside in a cultivated area, and a leaf-rosette of E cicutarium was found on bare ground near the sea.  E reichardii and E ciconium were not found.

The alien Bermuda Buttercup is a troublesome weed in Mallorca, common in cultivated ground and also on walls and roadsides.  A double-flowered form is quite frequent.  The leaves are similar to those of Wood Sorrel, but with leaflets more deeply notched.

Oxalis pes-caprae
Furthest right flower c 2.8 cm long
  Oxalis pes-caprae

Oxalis pes-caprae = Bermuda Buttercup (not native).  Picture on right shows double-flowered form