Redstem filaree, Erodium cicutarium (L.) L. 'Her. ex Ait.,non-native
- a dicot in the Geraniaceae family -

redstem filaree (or storksbill) grows in a circular fashionmature redstem filaree fruit has racing stirpes
common in meadow and disturbed areas, blooms February though May

There are several types of storksbill at Kaweah Oaks Preserve - they all have very interesting seeds. Look for the long "beaked fruits" that point up into the air. Remove one from the plant and twist the top between your thumb and forefinger. If you picked a good one, the seeds should pop from the main part and begin to do something amazing. Watch it for a few seconds as the air and sunshine work their magic on this little wonder of nature. The seeds will soon begin to gyrate into spirals. At lunch time take this spiral and poke the seed end into a corner of your sandwich and place a drop or two of water on the top of the spiral. Watch carefully - the seed will screw itself into the bread... all by itself. The natural forces of nature and the fabulous design of this seed serve to plant it at just the right depth for proper germination. Is it magic?
filaree beaked fruits each having 5 seedshere you can see one seed has spiraled around the fruit
The "beaked" fruits have 5 seeds per spike.  This seed has already spiraled around the remaining fruit.

the seeds will swirl in your hand in just a few minutes
The larger variety of fun filaree has a gorgeous flower that bloom a bit later than the redstemmed filaree.
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