Erodium brachycarpum (Godr.) Thell.

Bot. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1917 5: 17 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending to decumbent annual to 50 cm high; lower stems with spreading eglandular hairs, upper stems, peduncles and pedicels with short glandular hairs, with or without longer eglandular hairs. Leaf lamina c. oblong to obovate in outline, 3–12 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, the lower usually shallowly lobed, the upper pinnatifid, lobes toothed, with scattered, stiff white hairs especially towards margins; petiole 1–10 cm long, hirsute. Inflorescence (1–)2–4-flowered; peduncle 2–3.5 cm long (to 10 cm in fruit); pedicels 5–10 mm long; sepals 4.5–6 mm long (to 10 mm in fruit), moderately to densely hairy with glandular and eglandular hairs; petals slightly longer that sepals, blue. Mericarps c. 8 mm long, with one shallow pit, sparsely hispid near the apex, on either side at base of awn (sometimes an indistinct furrow below the pit), the lower margin of the pit obtuse to acute; awn 6–8 cm long. Flowers Jun.–Oct.

*DunT, *Gold, *MuF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, NSW, ACT. Native to North Africa. An occasional weed of paddocks, roadsides etc. in the north of the State.

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 brachycarpum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium brachycarpum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory