Introduced annual, upright to decumbent, to 40 cm high with highly lobed green leaves. Stems hairy and leaves coarsely so. Small geranium-like flowers in a group of 2-5 have five pink petals 4-7 mm long, often with dark lines or dots near base. Long storkbill-shaped seedpod bursts open in a spiral when ripe.
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Young leaves have sharp parsley-like flavour. Deeply divided leaves < 10 cm long (including the stem).
Annual. Naturalised in all States, common and widespread in a range of vegetation types and in disturbed locations. Major issue for sheep graziers as corkscrew-like seed contaiminates wool and gets into the ears and eyes of livestock causing damage.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia