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Filaree
Erodium cicutarium
 Erodium moschatum

Filaree, Erodium cicutarium, Erodium moschatumThe filaree is a common weed which comes in two sizes.  Other than size, there is no way to tell the two species apart.  Erodium cicutarium is the smaller one, and E. moschatum is the larger.









Filaree, Erodium cicutarium, Erodium moschatumThese are the leaves of the two species.  E. moschatum above, E. cicutarium below.  The other parts of the plants show the same proportions.









Filaree, Erodium cicutarium, Erodium moschatumHere is a closer look at the tiny flowers.  They really are rather pretty.










Filaree, Erodium cicutarium, Erodium moschatumHere is a comparison of the fruit of the two species of filaree.










Filaree, Erodium cicutarium, Erodium moschatumThese are the mature fruit shed by the filaree.  The point has barbs.  When it penetrates fur or clothing, it works its way inward.  And the points hurt.  The twisted tail of the fruit coils and uncoils with changes in relative humidity, drilling the point into the ground.









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