Geum rivale (Purple Avens) - photos and description






Basal leaf in above photo

Stem leaf in above photo

General: Wetland plant has long flowering stems, and few branches. Stems pubescent.

Flowers: Flowers terminal, 1 to 3, often nodding, flowers reddish purple in colour, 1 cm long and 1 cm in diameter.

Leaves: Basal leaves are lyrately pinnate, to 30 cm long (including petiole) and 13.5 cm wide. Stem leaves alternate, divided into 3 leaflets. The stem leaflets are cuneate, toothed, leaflets measured to a length of 11 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Height: Listed in Budd's Flora to a height of 60 cm. Plant in above photo was measured at 63 cm tall.

Habitat: Swamps, marshes and stream banks.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 12th, marshy opening in mossy black spruce woods, east central Saskatchewan, about 400 km northeast of Regina, SK, and July 11th swampy area with beaver dams, Cypress Hills about 450 south west of our home in Regina, SK.