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Willow Dells Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Erodium cicutarium - filaree

Other Common Names: heron-bill, alfilaria, clocks, redstem stork's bill, pin-clover
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Geraniaceae

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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Ground hugging fernlike foliage with pinkish violet flowers. Ripening seed pod resembles a heron's beak. Native to Southern Europe, but introduced to this country by early Spanish settlers.
Height: Prostrate to 20 inches


Habitat Description: Desert flats, plains, mesas, and hillsides.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish-purple     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Feb - Jul
Description: Pinkish-purple, with 5 petals, to 1/4 inch wide, in loose clusters.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are fernlike, forming a basal rosette to 20 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: The fruit is lancelike and splits at maturity into five, one-seeded sections.
Seed Notes: The seeds form coiled appendages. When there's moisture, the appendages uncoil pushing the seed into the soil.

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