Erodium crinitum Carolin

Blue Heron's-bill

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 83: 93 (1958) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect annual to c. 40 cm high; stems and petioles pilose to hirsute with eglandular, often retrorse hairs. Leaves (except at very base) 3-lobed to trifoliolate (terminal leaflet largest), lamina broadly ovate in outline, 1.5–5 cm long and wide, leaflets crenate to lobed, pilose to hirsute; petiole 2–13 cm long. Inflorescence (1–)2–6-flowered; peduncle 1.5–6 cm long (to 13 cm in fruit); pedicels 8–30 mm long; sepals 4–6 mm long (to 10 mm in fruit), hirsute with eglandular hairs and sessile or shortly stalked glands; petals 6–10 mm long, blue with white or yellow veins. Mericarps 7–8 mm long, with one shallow, glabrous pit on either side at base of awn, often with a shallow furrow beneath it; awn 4–7 cm long. Flowers Aug.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. All mainland States. Introduced as a wool-weed to Europe. Moderately common in north-western Victoria, with scattered occurrences at e.g. Whitfield area, Orbost, Suggan Buggan, St Albans (but not collected in the latter localities in recent times). Grows in mallee scrubs, halophytic shrubland, woodland and grassland communities.

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 crinitum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium crinitum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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