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Family: Geraniaceae
Erodium crinitum

Citation: Carolin, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 83:93 (1958).

Synonymy: Erodium cygnorum

Common name: Blue storks bill, blue herons bill, blue crowfoot.

Decumbent to ascending herb; stems to 50 cm long, with scattered long stiff white eglandular hairs; leaves 3-lobed, ovate in outline, to 4 cm long, hirsute, the lobes reaching the midrib.

Flowers in umbels of 2-6, very rarely solitary; pedicels to 15 mm long, densely hairy with spreading eglandular and minute-glandular hairs; sepals lanceolate or narrow-oblong, to 10 mm long, hirsute; petals blue, with yellow or white veins, obovate, somewhat longer than the sepals; stamen filaments oblanceolate or narrow-oblong, c. 4 mm long; staminodes about half as long.

Mericarps c. 7 mm long; awn to 7 cm long, with 2 pits, often with concentric folds at the base.

image of FSA2_Erodium_cri.jpg Erodium crinitum leaf shape.
Image source: fig 388f 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.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   All States;.   Introduced to parts of Europe in wool "shoddy".

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Nov.

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