Erodium gruinum

Ερωδιός ο γερανοειδής

Etymology of Erodium gruinum: The name of the genus, "Erodium", derives from the Ancient Greek "ἐρωδιός" [erodios], meaning "heron", due to the long beak on the fruit that gives rise to some of its common names such as storksbill and cranesbill, a meaning reinforced by the family name Geranium, the derivation of which is "γερανός" [yeranos or geranos], meaning "crane". Latin "gruinum" comes from Latin "gruis", and means "pertaining a crane", again referring to the beak on the fruit.

At least nine Erodium species and subspecies/kinds have been recognized in Cypriot nature so far.

Erodium gruinum is a plant encountered all around Cyprus at a low to medium altitude of up to 600 metres. It appears on waste places, rocky or grassy hillsides and sandy ground. Its flowering time is from February until April.

How to identify Erodium gruinum:

Erodium gruinum resembles Erodium ciconium but their leaves are very different. Gruinum's leaves are lobed, but not pinnatisect, ciconium's leaves are deeply pinnatisect.

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