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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 or Subshrub

Family: Geraniaceae

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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
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Wikiup Mesa S. of Wet Beaver Crk
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Biennial or annual
General Desc: Ground hugging fern-like foliage with pinkish-violet flowers. Ripening seed pod resembles a heron's beak.
Identification notes: Annual, biennial, slender trailing glandular-hairy stems. Leaves basal and opposite, pinnate, longer than wide; leaflets pinnatifid. Sepals 1 to 3, short white bristles. Flowers pink to lavender. Fruits have 5 hairy, single-seeded sharp-beaked segments.
Height: Prostrate to 20 inches


Habitat Description: Found in disturbed, often dry places.
Plant Communities: Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 7200 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 rounded clusters.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Dissected     Leaf Attachment: Basal and opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: When flowers first appear the leaves are mostly basal and fern-like; stems diffusely branch during the growing season with leaves opposite and also fern-like. Plant can overwinter as a basal rosette.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brown   
Fruit Notes: 5 hairy, single-seeded, nut-like segments formed per flower.
Seed Notes: The seeds form coiled appendages. When there's moisture, the appendages uncoil pushing the seed into the soil.

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