Erodium malacoides

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Erodium malacoides
Erodium January 2008-2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Erodium
Species: E. malacoides
Binomial name
Erodium malacoides
(L.) L'Hér.

Erodium malacoides is a species of flowering plant in the geranium family known by the common names Mediterranean stork's bill,[1] soft stork's-bill[2] and oval heron's bill. This is a weedy annual or biennial herb which is native to much of Eurasia and North Africa but can be found on most continents where it is an introduced species.

Description[edit]

The young plant grows a number of ruffled green leaves radially outward flat against the ground from a knobby central stem.[citation needed] The stem may eventually reach half a meter in height with more leaves on long, hairy petioles. It bears small flowers with fuzzy, soft spine-tipped sepals and five lavender to magenta petals. The fruit is green with a glandular body about half a centimeter long and a long, pointed style two to three centimeters in length.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erodium malacoides". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ Regents of the University of California (1993). "Erodium malacoides". Jepston Manual. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Aedo, Carlos; Navarro, Carmen (2014). "Erodium malacoides". Jepston Flora Project. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 

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