Texas stork bill, heron's bill
From California to Texas and Oklahoma
Open plains, scrubland, dry locations
Up to 1.5 inches long, ovate, with shallowly lobed and irregularly toothed edges
The reddish green stems of erodium texanum are ascending to prostrate, and have a fine covering of very short, white hairs. Leaves are also sparsely hairy, shallowly lobed, with one terminal lobe and a pair of side lobes. Leaf margins are lined with large, angular teeth, and the surface is crossed by a prominent, branched, depressed vein, often reddish. Leaves grow on stalks, which are shorter than the blades.
The five sepals are hairy at the tip, and around a third of an inch long. The five petals are obovate in shape, colored deep pink-purple (darker at the base), and marked with darker veins. At the center are five purple stamens topped by orange-brown anthers, and a pink, five-lobed pistil. Fruits have five pointed segments and a long, narrow, upwards-pointing beak, tapering to a point.