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Filaree

heronbill

This is a filaree plant (Genus Erodium). We have a great crop in our yard this year.

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It is sometimes called heron's bill or stork's bill because of its oddly shaped fruit.

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The seed pods twist as they mature.

Apparently, the seeds are a source of food for harvester ants. We'll see what the fire ants do.

See for example (you'll need to scroll down):  5. Harvester Ants (Messor) & Filaree (Erodium cicutarium)

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