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Family: Geraniaceae
Erodium cicutarium

Citation: L'Hér. ex Aiton, Hort. Kew. 2:414 (1789).

Synonymy: Eranium cicutarium L., Sp. Pl. 680 (1753); E. stellatum Del., Ind. Sem. Hort. Monspel. 6 (1838); E. cicutarium (L.)L'Hér. ex Aiton var. stellatum (Del.)Graebner in Asch. & Graebner, Syn. Mitteleur. Fl. 7:98 (1914). , Geranium cicutarium

Common name: Common storks bill, common herons bill, common crowfoot, cutleaf erodium.

Ascending to decumbent annual or biennial herbs; stems to 40 cm long, glandular- or eglandular-hairy; leaves pinnate-compound, each leaflet deeply pinnatifid, ovate to oblong in outline, to 7 cm long; petioles to 5 cm long.

Flowers in umbels of 2-5; peduncles to 8 mm long; bracts connate into a wide funnel-shaped tube, c. 2 mm long, ciliate; pedicels to 25 mm long, glandular- or eglandular-pubescent or hirsute; sepals oblong to elliptic, to 7 mm long; petals pink to white, sometimes with dark lines towards the base, obovate to oblanceolate, longer than the sepals; stamen filaments lanceolate, c. 5 mm long; staminodes about half as long.

Mericarps with a shallow pit at the base of the awn and occasionally with a glabrous furrow below.

image of FSA2_Erodium_cic.jpg Erodium cicutarium leaf shape.
Image source: fig 388e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 431.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   In all States.   Introduced into temperate areas throughout the world; a native of Europe.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Aug. — Jan.

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