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Common Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

   Common Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium), fam. Geraniaceae.
   A weed, growing along the roadsides (see map). Fruits are like the long stork's beaks, and the dissected pinnate leaves remind the plant cicuta (hemlock). The related geraniums have analogous common names - cranesbill (the fruits are like crane's beaks), their spiral twisted fruits can automatically bury themselves into soil by virtue of changing humidity.
   Edible for animals (sheep). The medicinal preparations are astringent, hemostatic and anticonvulsant.

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