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|Erodium malacoides (L.) L’Hér.|
Common name: Mediterranean filaree, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mallow Stork's bill
Erodium malacoides is a very common wild plant ofcretan flora. Stem 10-60 cm; decumbent to ascending, glandular-pubescent; nodes glandular. Flowers alternate, entire, oblong or oblong-ovate, crenate-serrate, pilose-strigose. Iflorescense umbel. Flowers 5 hairy light green sepals with dark green lengthwise veins and a bristle-like tip; 5 free, non-overlapping petals with a deep violet-magenta colour; a superior positioned ovary with a short style and a terminal violet stigma, that splits into 5 thread-like parts; 5 stamens with a thin firm filament holding a bluish-violet anther that produce yellow pollen.
Fruits / pods : Mericarps 4.5 mm long, setose hairy, lateral pits 2, prominent, furrowed at the base; beak 2.5-3.5 cm long, appressed pubescent
Flowering Period:January, February, March, April, May
Habitat: Phrygana, Disturbed habitats, field edges and road sides.
Origin of botanical name: Erodium, Greek erodios, a heron; the carpels of these plants resemble the head and beak of a heron.
malacoides: malacos, μαλακοϛ, soft, gentle; youthful; womanish; mucilaginous; ides -ιδηϛ, resemblance to; like mallow.
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