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Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Hér. ex Aiton
Stork's-bill (common stork's-bill; green mushroom pimple; orange mushroom pimple; redstem stork's bill)
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

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Erodium cicutarium ssp. cicutarium

Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to erect, spreading-hairy, reddish with swollen nodes, 3-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves pinnately divided with narrow incised segments, oblong in outline, stiff-hairy, 3-10 cm long; stem leaves similar, few, opposite, reduced upwards; stipules abruptly pointed.
Inflorescence of few, small, axillary, umbrella-shaped clusters of flowers; petals pink to purple, sometimes whitish, 3-8 mm long, the claw fringed with long hairs; sepals slightly shorter than the petals, bristle-tipped to awned with a fringed claw.
Carpels, spindle-shaped, sharp-pointed at the base; styles long-beaked, 3-4 cm long, twisting at maturity; seeds 1 per segment, glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields, woodlands and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in SW and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Erodium cicutarium

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 91 497 770
Slope Gradient (%) 3 17 40
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 177 266
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(2), CDF(1), IDF(2), PP(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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