Introduced annual to 40 cm high with with hairy stems, leaf stalks and leaves, basal rosette of highly lobed green leaves to 15 cm long. Small geranium-like flowers in a group of 4-7 have five pink petals. Long storkbill-shaped seedpod, bursts open in a spiral when ripe.
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Ground Needles, Crowfoot, Musk Erodium
Has musk-like smell. Leaves are toothed and > 10 cm long.
Annual. Widely naturalised in disturbed sites, usually on moist, fertile soils. Major issue for sheep graziers as corkscrew-like seed contaminates wool and gets into the ears and eyes of livestock causing damage. The seed has an awn or bristle to penetrate the soil crust and aid germination.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia