Redstem filaree – Erodium cicutarium

Redstem filaree

Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’Hér. ex Ait.
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Life cycle

Prostrate, fernlike winter annual or biennial.

Leaves

Leaves are hairy and compound with deeply cut leaflets that give a featherlike or fernlike appearance. Leaves initially develop from a dense basal rosette and stem leaves are opposite and sparse. Leaves usually have a grayish tinge.

Stems

Hairy, semierect stems arise from a prostrate, basal rosette.

Flowers and fruit

Pink or purple flowers with five petals are found clustered at the ends of long stalks. Fruit are long, beaklike capsules with five sections; each section contains a seed with a spirally twisted, corkscrew tail at maturity.

Reproduction

Seeds.

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Redstem filaree rosette
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Redstem filaree seed
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Redstem filaree flower
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Redstem filaree flower cluster

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