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3. Erodium malacoides (L.) L’Herit ex Aiton, Hort. Kew. 2:415. 1789. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:893.1867; Edgew. & Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:435.1874; Knuth, l.c. 245; Schönbeck-Temesy, l.c. 50; Vvedensky, l.c. 69; A. Ghafoor, l.c. 22.


  • Geranium malacoides L.

    Annual up to 60 cm tall. Stem procumbent, diffuse, glandular-pubescent. Leaves oblong or oblong-ovate, 15-37 x 10-30 mm, often pinnatipartite, deep pinnatifid towards the base, crenate-serrate, pilose-strigose; petiole of radical leaves up to 5.5 cm long, stipules oblong to broadly ovate, ciliate, 4-4.5 mm long, scarious. Bracts similar but smaller. Peduncle 3-6-flowered, 3.5-6 cm long, glandular, appressed pubescent. Pedicel 6-8 mm long, deflexed in fruit, glandular hairy. Sepals c. 2.5 mm long, often 1-2-setose at the tip. Petals pink, scarcely exceeding sepals, obovate, base ciliate. Filament base dilated, glabrous. Beak 2.5-3.5 cm long, appressed pubescent. Mericarps 4.5 mm long, setose hairy, lateral pits 2, prominent, furrowed at the base.

    Fl. Per.: March-April.

    Type: Described from Italy and England, Herb. Cliff. (BM).

    Distribution: N. & S. America, N. Africa, the Mediterranean region, Turkey, Syria, Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Caucasus, C. Asia, and Pakistan.

    A spring annual found in the plains with small pretty pink flowers. Found usually as an undergrowth in shady places from 700-1000 m. According to Zohary (Fl. Palestine, p. 242.) used as a potherb.


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