Erodium crassifolium, Erodium hirtum, Hoary-leaved Heron's-bill,
Hebrew: מקור חסידה שעיר, Arabic: الرقمة سميكة الأوراق

Scientific name:  Erodium crassifolium L'Her.
Synonym name:  Erodium hirtum Willd.
Common name:  Hoary-leaved Heron's-bill
Hebrew name:  מקור חסידה שעיר
Arabic name:  الرقمة سميكة الأوراق
Plant Family:  Geraniaceae, גרניים

פרחים וצמחי בר בארץ ישראל

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte (=buds at or near the soil surface)
Stems:  Develops tubers on its roots; suffruticose branching stem; flowering branches erect, slender, reddish brown, thickly clothed with unequal villous hairs;
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, pinnated or deeply lacinated leaves; stipule
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; pink, violet; peduncles many flowered
Fruits / pods:  Capsules pubescent; aristae above 7.5cm long, spirally twisted, feathered inside, the outside pubescent
Flowering Period:  February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Shrub-steppes, Desert
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Erodium crassifolium, Erodium hirtum, Hoary-leaved Heron's-bill, מקור חסידה שעיר

Derivation of the botanical name:
Erodium, Greek: erodiós or ερωδιός, a heron; the carpels of these plants resemble the head and beak of a heron.
crassifolium, crassus, solid, thick, fat, dense; folium, leaf; thick leaves.
hirtum, hirtus, hairy, shaggy, rough, uncultivated; hairy.
The Hebrew word: מקור-חסידה, makor chasida / stork beak, is a mistake in the translation (chasida means stork). In Greek, the stork is called Πελασγός pelargos, pelargonium.
  • The standard author abbreviation L'Her. is used to indicate Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle (1746 – 1800), a French botanist and magistrate.
  • The standard author abbreviation Willd. is used to indicate Carl Ludwig von Willdenow (1765 – 1812), a German botanist, pharmacist, and plant taxonomist.

Erodium crassifolium, Erodium hirtum, Hoary-leaved Heron's-bill, מקור חסידה שעיר
Location: Negev, Avdat