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Genus: Erodium

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Order: Geraniales > Family: Geraniaceae

Erodium sp. growing alongside road in Cape Town suburbs.

About 60 species, native mainly to the Mediterranean and western Asia, but also in Africa where there are three species native to southern Africa, three species that are naturalised, and an additional three species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Erodium botrys

 

Erodium brachycarpum

 

Erodium chium

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Erodium cicutarium (Common storksbill)

Native to Europe.

 

Erodium malacoides

 

Erodium moschatum (Musk storksbill)

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Erodium castellanum

Native to Spain.

 

Erodium manescavi

Native to Spain and France.

 

Erodium pelargoniflorum

Native to Turkey.

 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

 

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