Erodium botrys (Cav.) Bertol.

Big Heron's-bill

Amoen. Ital. 35 (1819) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Vegetatively resembling E. brachycarpum. Inflorescence (1–)2(–3)-flowered; peduncle 2–7 cm long (to 20 cm in fruit); pedicels 10–23 mm long; sepals 5–9 mm long (to 14 mm in fruit), densely hairy with glandular and eglandular hairs; petals slightly longer that sepals, pink or blue. Mericarps 8–10 mm long, with 2 or 3 deep, glabrous furrows on either side at base of awn, the furrows separated by an acute, narrowly winged papery fold; awn (7.5–)8.5–11 cm long. Flowers May–Nov.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Mediterranean region. A widespread and common weed of roadsides, pasture, grasslands and grassy woodlands, mostly on fertile soils 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 botrys in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium botrys in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory