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Wild Flowers of Central Australia
Storkbill / Blue Crowfoot
Erodum cygnorum

Known also by Blue Storkbill, Blue Crowfoot, storkbill, crowfoot, cranebill, and Blue Heronsbill (in Western Australia).

This short-lived native herb species has deeply divided leaves, whilst the flowers that can be blue, pink or white, are on stalks in clusters. The distinctive feature is the fruit / seed pod, appearing as a long beak.

The annual can be seen after good autumn or winter rains.

In Central Australia / Northern Territory, there are two known sub-species of Erodium cygnorum, being ssp. glandulosum and ssp. cygnorum.

Wild Flowers in Central Australia

Stockbill

This sub-species appears to be E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum - similar to E. cygnorum ssp. glandulosum, but without the glandular hairs, being absent on the individual flower-stalks.
These photos were taken during September, along the Tanami Road, north of Alice Springs.
Storkbill (E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Storkbill (E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Storkbill (E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Storkbill (E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Storkbill (E. cygnorum spp. cygnorum) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

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The following is from the Olive Pink Collection. Water colour on paper sketched by Olive Pink, (place and date unknown) Northern Territory. Identified by Olive Pink as Erodium eygnorum.

Miss Pink's Wildflowers, University Librarian, University of Tasmania.
Erodium eygnorum - Miss Pink's Wildflowers, University Librarian © University of Tasmania.
University Librarian © University of Tasmania
 
Source:
Erodium eygnorum - Miss Pink's Wildflowers, University Librarian, University of Tasmania
 
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