Erodium moschatum (L.) L’Hér. ex Aiton

Musky Heron's-bill

Hort. Kew. 2: 414 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending annual herb with musk-like smell, to 40 cm high; stems and petioles pilose to hirsute with eglandular and glandular hairs, denser on upper stems. Leaves pinnate, lamina c. oblong in outline, 4–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide; leaflets sessile, ovate to elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, toothed, pilose with eglandular hairs and sessile glands; petiole 1–8 cm long. Inflorescences 4–7-flowered; peduncle 4–10 cm long (to 15 cm in fruit); pedicels 6–20 mm long; sepals 3–6 mm long (to 10 mm in fruit), glandular-pilose; petals slightly longer than sepals, pink. Mericarps 5–6 mm long, the shallow pit at either side at base of awn with a low, acute lower margin and a shallow furrow beneath, both the pit and furrow, or only the pit with scattered glands; awn 2.5–4 cm long. Flowers Jun.–Nov.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Mediterranean region. Except the far north-west, widely naturalised in disturbed sites, usually on moist, fertile soils.

Source: Smith, L.P.; Walsh, N.G. (1999). Geraniaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Erodium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Erodium moschatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium moschatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory