|Scientific name:||Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’Hér.|
|Common name:||Redstem Filaree, Common stork's-bill, Hemlock geranium|
|Hebrew name:||מקור-חסידה גזור|
|Arabic name:||الرقمة الشوكرانية|
|Plant Family:||Geraniaceae, גרניים|
|Life form:||Therophyte, annual|
|Stems:||Usually caulescent, stalks 10-50 cm high; originating in the axils of the leaves; growing from a central taproot; stems reddish, leafy and hairy|
|Leaves:||Alternate, dissected twice or more, fern-like, hairy, most of the leaflets divided more than half-way to the midrib; seedlings have 3-lobed cotyledons|
|Florescence:||Borne on hairy stalks in umbrella-shaped clusters of 2-12 flowers|
|Flowers:||Bracts brownish; sepals, somewhat pointed and hairy; 5 pink petals|
|Fruits / pods:||Each seed is tipped with an elongated tail, which coils spirally at maturity, assisting the pointed seed in penetrating the soil; beak 10-70mm|
|Flowering Period:||February, March, April, May|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts|
|Chorotype:||Euro-Siberian - Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Erodium, Greek: erodiós or ερωδιός, a heron; the carpels of these plants resemble the head and beak of a heron.
cicutarium, cicuta, hemlock, poison from the hemlock; arius, connected to or possessed by; pertaining to hemlock.
The Hebrew word: מקור-חסידה, makor chasida / stork beak, is a mistake in the translation (chasida means stork). In Greek, the stork is called Πελασγός pelargos, pelargonium.