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storksbill weed seed

May be toxic.
May cause photo-sensitisation in sheep.

Common Storksbill
Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’Her. ex Aiton

Black, J.M. (1965). Flora of South Australia. (Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia). P483.

Key Characters:

Brown, hairy, 3-8 mm long x 1.5 mm wide with a shallow pit and pointed. One concentric, hairless fold below the pit.

Dull light green leaves with separate leaflets that are cut to the mid vein. Flowers pink. Bracts joined into a toothed tube. 5 stamens and 5 staminodes.

Seed Biology and Germination:

Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium) is usually the smaller of the two species and is also more widespread. It is a weed of arable land, poor pasture, dry tussock and grassland, and is found in drier coastal and lowland areas of both the North and South Islands and the Chathams.

These two species, Erodium cicutarium and Erodium moschatum, are similar in appearance and can easily be confused.

Musky storksbill (Erodium moschatum) grows in wetter, more fertile locations especially dairy pastures.

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