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Storksbill seed

Erodium sp.


These spirals were all over the trail! They were loose and stuck to bushes and grasses. The tip is dark and pointed. I couldn't see what plant they came from.


Grassland along trail


Aka Clock plant

1 species ID suggestions

misako 5 years ago
Stork's-bill seeds
Erodium sp Erodium


Thank you Telse and Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Lovely clicks, Cindy!

Telse 5 years ago

Wow.So interesting is nature, is it not. Wonderful photo Cindy.

Thank you Karen! I love learning new things about a species I've seen before. I hope to witness this burst someday!

KarenL 5 years ago

Fun fact! The storksbill gets its name from its long seed-pod, shaped very much like the bill of a stork. This bursts open in a spiral when ripe, launching seeds into the air. It achieves this using a coiled spring mechanism powered by shape changes as the fruits dry, hurling the seeds to the ground with such force that they are buried on impact.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

My husband, who's from the middle east, told me the clock plant name. You can just touch it and it will start twirling around! It twirls around animal fur and then the animal disperses the seeds far and wide for the plant.

Thank you all for your help! I've had some in our yard before but always pulled them before they went to seed.

Atanas Tanev
Atanas Tanev 5 years ago

In Bulgaria we call it clock plant too, but do you know why, Ava? Take some dry seeds dip them in water and watch. :)))

injica 5 years ago

I think it fits in this mission ;)

YukoChartraw 5 years ago

Very interesting and beautiful spiral!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

This is from a weed you'd recognize called a clock plant. I'll try to find more information.

Poway, California, USA

Lat: 32.98, Long: -117.01

Spotted on May 1, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013


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