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Erodium moschatum

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Family: GeraniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, or +- woody, generally glandular-hairy. Leaf: simple to compound, basal and cauline; cauline alternate or opposite, stipules 2, +- on stem. Inflorescence: cyme or pseudo-umbel or 1--2-flowered. Flower: bisexual [unisexual], radial or +- bilateral; sepals 5, free, overlapping in bud; petals generally 5, free, generally with nectar glands at base; stamens generally 5,10[15]; staminodes scale-like or 0; ovary generally 5-lobed, upper part elongating into beak in fruit, chambers 5, placentas axile, style 1, stigmas 5, free, persistent in fruit. Fruit: septicidal [loculicidal], mericarps 5, dry, generally 1-seeded, each persistent on 1 of 5 linear segments of beak that separate from central column by curving or coiling upward.
Genera In Family: 6 genera, +- 750 species: temperate, +- tropics. Some cultivated for ornamental, perfume oils.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carlos Aedo, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: ErodiumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Leaf: simple to pinnately compound, cauline opposite; blade lanceolate to reniform in outline, puberulent or short-hairy, base cordate to truncate. Inflorescence: umbel. Flower: radial; stamens 5, free, alternate 5 scale-like staminodes. Fruit: mericarp body indehiscent, fusiform, 1-seeded, base sharply pointed, top generally with 1 pit on each side of beak segment, pits subtended by 1--4 ridges or not; beak segments stiffly hairy adaxially, generally twisted.
Species In Genus: +- 74 species: temperate America, Eurasia, northern Africa, Australia. Etymology: (Greek: heron, from bill-like fruit) Note: Some cultivated for forage, dyes; "beak segments" sometimes called "awns" elsewhere. Erodium macrophyllum moved to genus California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carlos Aedo & Carmen Navarro

Erodium moschatum (L.) Aiton
Habit: Annual, biennial. Stem: decumbent to ascending, 1--6 dm, short hairy. Leaf: compound; lower 5--15 cm; blade > petiole, oblong to obovate, sparsely hairy, veins short-appressed-hairy; leaflets 11--15, lobed to shallowly divided, ultimate segments 1--4 mm wide. Flower: sepals 6--9 mm, tip glabrous; petals 10--15 mm, +- pink. Fruit: body 4--6 mm, pits +- round, glandular, subtended by 1--2 glandular ridges; style column 2--4 cm. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Ecology: Open, disturbed sites; Elevation: < 1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP; Distribution Outside California: native to Europe. Flowering Time: Feb--Sep
eFlora Treatment Author: Carlos Aedo & Carmen Navarro
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Citation for this treatment: Carlos Aedo & Carmen Navarro 2016. Erodium moschatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Erodium moschatum
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Erodium moschatum
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© 2007 Carol W. Witham
Erodium moschatum
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Erodium moschatum
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Erodium moschatum
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© 2011 Barry Breckling

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