Geum rivale L.  
Family: Rosaceae
purple avens, water avens
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Etymology: Geum: an ancient Latin name used by Pliny for this group
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb
Leaves: basal leaves to 12", 3-5 parted; end leaflet oval to roundish, toothed and 3-lobed; stem leaves much smaller
Flowers: purple, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, bell-shaped, petals yellowish with purple veins and a little shorter than the purple sepals; inflorescence of several nodding flowers in an open cluster; blooms May-July
Fruits: hooked, dry, spreading seeds
Habitat: wet; meadows, forests, swamps
Conservation Status: Native
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Janice Stiefel  
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Steve C. Garske  
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Kathryn Kirk  
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