Erodium moschatum, Musky Stork's-bill, White-Stem Filaree,
Hebrew: מקור-חסידה מצוי, Arabic: الرقمة المسكية

Scientific name:  Erodium moschatum (L.) L’Hér.
Common name:   Musky Stork's-bill, White-Stem Filaree
Hebrew name:  מקור-חסידה מצוי
Arabic name:  الرقمة المسكية
Español:  Almizclera
中文-Chinese:  麝香尨牛儿苗
Plant Family:  Geraniaceae, גרניים

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Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  10–60 cm, decumbent to ascending, short hairy
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, pinnate, dentate or serrate
Inflorescence:  Umbel
Flowers:  5 free green, generally oval shaped, sepals with a bristle-like green tip. This tip usually forms 2 long, divergent and translucent hairs or bristles; 5 oval shaped petals, slightly wrinkled, with short, hairy claws (the sepals and petals alternate over each other);the petal colour varies from off-white pink, to lilac, to purple; superior ovary consisting of 5 mericarps, initially united, then separates at the fruiting phase; single style and a terminal stigma which splits into 5 filiform parts that are purple; filaments purple, anthers maroon and covered with yellow or amber pollen
Fruits / pods:  Mericarp
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Erodium moschatum, Musky Stork's-bill,White-Stem Filaree, מקור-חסידה מצוי,麝香尨牛儿苗, Geraniaceae, גרניים


Derivation of the botanical name:
Erodium, Greek erodios, a heron; the carpels of these plants resemble the head and beak of a heron.
moschatum, musky, musk-scented. Gives out a musky odor when wilted.
  • 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.
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