Erodium texanum A. Gray
Texas stork's bill, Stork's Bill, Pine needle, Fillaree
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
USDA Symbol: ERTE13
Texas storks-bill or fillaree is a low-growing plant. Its long-stalked, oval leaves, with three rounded lobes, form an initial rosette close to the ground. From this rosette, horizontal stems extend to 15 in. The purple, five-petaled flowers bloom in clusters of two to three, opening late in the day and closing in the morning, except on cloudy days. Prominent yellow anthers contribute to the showy character.
The blossoms are sensitive to light, opening late in the day and closing in the morning, except when it is cloudy. Beaks on the seed pods resemble storks bills; thus the common name. During low humidity the tip coils, but straightens again when the humidity is high. In this way the seeds are dispersed.
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Plant CharacteristicsHabit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , MO , NM , NV , OK , SC , TX , UT
Native Distribution: C., s. & w. TX to extreme s.w. UT & s.e. CA
Native Habitat: Prairies; open, limey areas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils on limestone.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0315 Collected Mar 31, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0573 Collected Mar 20, 1990 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0702 Collected Mar 30, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 0567 Collected Mar 10, 1990 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-7 Collected 2006-04-21 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Erodium texanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erodium texanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erodium texanum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-11-25
Research By: NPC