Erodium malacoides (L.) Willd.

Oval Heron's-bill

Phytograph. 10 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending to erect annual herb to 50 cm high; stems with eglandular and glandular hairs (upper stems often with only glandular hairs). Leaf-lamina ovate to cordate, 1.5–5 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, entire to shallowly 3–7-lobed, pilose with eglandular hairs and sessile glands, margins crenate to dentate; petiole 4–9 cm long. Inflorescences 4–7-flowered; peduncle 2–5 cm long; pedicels 6–15 mm long; sepals 2–4 mm long (to 6 mm in fruit), densely glandular-hairy; petals slightly longer than sepals, deep pink to mauve. Mericarps 4–5 mm long, the prominent pit at either side at base of awn with a narrowly acute lower margin and a distinct furrow beneath, both the pit and furrow with scattered glands; awn 2–3.5 cm long. Flowers most of year.

*CVU, *GipP, *HNF, *MuM, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Mediterranean region. An occasional weed of disturbed sites and wasteland, usually on fairly fertile well-watered sites (e.g. Williamstown, Keilor, Piangil, East Malvern, Mud Islands).

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 malacoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium malacoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory