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

Common Heron's-bill

Hort. Kew. 2: 414 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending to decumbent annual to 40 cm high, or often remaining as a rosette; stems and petioles with mostly eglandular hairs with some sessile to very short glandular hairs. Leaf lamina c. oblong-ovate in outline, 2–12 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, pinnate, leaflets 3–15 mm long, deeply (bi)pinnatifid, coarsely hirsute away from the midrib; petiole 0.5–7 cm long. Inflorescence (1–)2–5-flowered; peduncle 2–8 cm long (to 10 cm in fruit); pedicels 4–10(–18) mm long; sepals 3–6 mm long (to 8 mm in fruit), hirsute wtih eglandular hairs and sometimes sessile glands; petals slightly longer that sepals, pink, often lined or spotted darker near base. Mericarps 5–6.5 mm long, with one prominent glabrous pit on either side at base of awn; awn 3.5–5 cm long. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *SnM, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized all States. Native to Mediterranean region. Apart from wet, shaded sites and higher altitudes, common and widespread in agricultural land, roadsides and open bushland sites almost throughout 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.
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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 cicutarium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erodium cicutarium 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 Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains 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
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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