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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 2017. Erodium moschatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 19, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 19, 2017.

Erodium moschatum
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Erodium moschatum
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© 2011 Barry Breckling
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© 2007 Carol W. Witham
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© 2012 Neal Kramer
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Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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