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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. Eurasia to Chad. SW. & S. Central U.S.A. to Mexico, Brazil to S. South America.
Erodium sp.


M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008]

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves mostly opposite, usually longer than wide, pinnatifid to pinnate, or rarely undivided
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in umbels or rarely solitary, regular or slightly zygomorphic
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals usually awn-tipped. Petals often slightly unequal. Fertile stamens 5; staminodes 5, scale-like; filaments free or basally united. Style adhering to the beak; stigmas 5, filiform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarp with hygroscopic beak spirally twisted at maturity when dry; top of mericarp usually with two flattened areas or depressions (pits), each pit sometimes with one or more furrow below it.
Some 120 species mainly in temperate regions of the Old World, but some weedy species very widely distributed.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Argentina Northeast, Arizona, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil South, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chad, Chile Central, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Corse, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf States, Hungary, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Manchuria, Mauritania, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Missouri, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Mexico, New South Wales, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Norway, Oklahoma, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Portugal, Qinghai, Queensland, Romania, Sardegna, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South European Russi, Spain, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Texas, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Victoria, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Amur, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arkansas, Bolivia, British Columbia, Cape Provinces, Chatham Is., Chile North, Chile South, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ecuador, Falkland Is., Free State, Georgia, Greenland, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kansas, Kentucky, Khabarovsk, Labrador, Lesotho, Louisiana, Magadan, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, Socotra, South Dakota, St.Helena, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tennessee, Venezuela, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Erodium L'Hér. ex Aiton appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Hort. Kew. 2: 414 (1789)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.


Flora of Somalia

  • El Hadidi & al. in Pl. Syst. Evol. 144: 307–314 (1984).
  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Guittoneau in Boissiera 20 (1972)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia

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