Erodium malacoides

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Erodium malacoides
Erodium January 2008-2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Erodium
E. malacoides
Binomial name
Erodium malacoides

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 an 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.


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]


  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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