Common name: Musky Crowfoot, Musky Storksbill
Erodium moschatum (L.) L'Hér. APNI*
Description: Ascending annual herb with a musk-like smell, to 40 cm high, stems with non-glandular and glandular hairs becoming less dense towards base.
Basal leaves pinnately compound, ± oblong in outline, 5–15 cm long, 2–4 cm wide; leaflets sessile, ovate to elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide, toothed, covered with glandular and non-glandular hairs; petiole 1–2 cm long, ± pubescent.
Flowers in umbels of 4–7; peduncle mostly 8–16 cm long; pedicels to 2 cm long. Sepals to 7 mm long, hairy with glandular and some non-glandular hairs. Petals slightly longer than sepals, pink.
Fruit 3–4.5 cm long; mericarps hirsute; awn with at least the pits and usually the groove below it bearing large glandular hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely naturalized in disturbed sites. Native of Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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