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Heron's-bills - mostly weeds, one native (Erodium species)

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Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family).

Native to the Mediterranean region and Europe (for the introduced species).

Occurrence: Widespread and very common in pastures and roadsides. The non-native species are environmental weeds. The native Blue Heron's-bill is fairly common in northern grasslands and grassy woodlands.

Identification: Heronís-bills differ from other members of the geranium family in that the flowers are radially symmetrical, and the flowers are in groups of more than two. All have the seeds contained in beaks

The three groups in the geranium family are

The three groups are known as stork's-bills, heron's-bills or crane's-bills, from the long pointed seed cases. Pelargoniums are common garden plants, often loosely called geraniums.

There are a several common species of erodium.

Name. Erodium: Greek erodios: a heron.

pic2 Musky Heron's-bill Erodium moschatum Leaf with leaflets along the main leaf stalk; leaflets toothed.
pic2 Common Heron's-bill Erodium cicuarium Leaf with leaflets along the main leaf stalk; leaflets deeply divided. Leaves less than 5cm.
pic2 Blue Heron's-bill Erodium crinitum Leaflets more or less trifoliate (three lobed).
pic2 Long Heron's-bill Erodium botrys Upper leaves deeply lobed. Awns mostly longer than 8cm.
pic2 Short Heron's-bill Erodium brachycarpum Upper leaves deeply lobed. Awns mostly shorter than 8cm.
pic2 Oval Heron's-bill Erodium malacoides Leaves toothed but not deeply divided ino lobes.