|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|
|Plant Family:||Geraniaceae, גרניים|
|Life form:||Therophyte, annual|
|Stems:||10–60 cm, decumbent to ascending, short hairy|
|Leaves:||Alternate, compound, pinnate, dentate or serrate|
|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|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts|
|Chorotype:||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.
moschatum, musky, musk-scented. Gives out a musky odor when wilted.
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.