|Scientific Name:||Erodium cicutarium|
Photograph courtesy of Viridans Biological Databases (external link)
Annual or biennial forb, with prostrate, ascending or erect stems to 40 cm long, the whole plant shortly hairy.
Leaves to 5.5 cm long, with stalks to 4 cm long, each leaf deeply divided into segments which are again deeply lobed or toothed.
Flowers pink or white, with 5 spreading obovate petals, born in umbels of 2 – 5 in the leaf axils, each flower on a stalk 9 – 22 mm long, the common stalk 4 – 8 cm long, the stalks and the calyx hairy to almost hairless.
Fruit a tapering beak, 3 – 4.5 cm long, splitting into 5 pointed fruitless ‘seeds’ when ripe, each fruitlet surmounted by a spirally coiled awn which is hairy on the inner side.