Erodium malacoides,
Mediterranean filaree, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mallow Stork's-bill,
Hebrew: מקור-חסידה חלמיתי, Arabic: الرقمة الطرية

Scientific name:  Erodium malacoides (L.) L’Hér.
Common name:  Mediterranean filaree, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mallow Stork's bill
Hebrew name:  מקור-חסידה חלמיתי
Arabic name:   الرقمة الطرية
Plant Family:  Geraniaceae, גרניים

Семейства растений, Plantenfamilie, Famílias botânicas, Bitki familyaları

Life form:   Therophyte, annual
Stems:  10-60 cm; decumbent to ascending, glandular-pubescent; nodes glandular
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, oblong or oblong-ovate, crenate-serrate, pilose-strigose
Inflorescence:  Umbel
Flowers:  5 hairy light green sepals with dark green lengthwise veins and a bristle-like tip; 5 free, non-overlapping petals with a deep violet-magenta colour; a superior positioned ovary with a short style and a terminal violet stigma, that splits into 5 thread-like parts; 5 stamens with a thin firm filament holding a bluish-violet anther that produce yellow pollen
Fruits / pods:   Mericarps 4.5 mm long, setose hairy, lateral pits 2, prominent, furrowed at the base; beak 2.5-3.5 cm long, appressed pubescent
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana, Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Erodium malacoides, Mediterranean filaree, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mallow Stork's-bill, מקור-חסידה חלמיתי, ابرة العجوز


Derivation of the botanical name:
Erodium, Greek erodios, a heron; the carpels of these plants resemble the head and beak of a heron.
malacoides, malacos, μαλακοϛ, soft, gentle; youthful; womanish; mucilaginous; ides -ιδηϛ, resemblance to; like mallow.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation L’Hér. is used to indicate Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle (1746 – 1800), a French botanist and magistrate.

Erodium malacoides, Mediterranean filaree, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mallow Stork's-bill, מקור-חסידה חלמיתי, ابرة العجوز
Location: Mount Carmel


Flowers of Israel online, Native plants
Location: Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes