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Sticky Storksbill

Erodium lebelii

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Geraniales
Family:
Geraniaceae (Cranesbill)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Sand dunes.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Lilac, pink or white flowers. Star-shaped. Similar looking to Common Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium) but the flowers are slightly smaller (up to 1cm across) and there are no black spots at the base of the upper two petals. 2 to 4 flowers per cluster.
Fruit:
An elongated, twisted beak. The beaks are shorter than those of Common Storksbill.
Leaves:
An annual flower with similar-looking leaves as Common Storksbill. The hairy leaves are sticky to the touch (unlike those of Common Storksbill) and sand often sticks to them. The leaves are also greyish-green and pinnately lobed.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
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