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Erodium moschatum (L.) L Her. ex Aiton, Hort. Kew. 2: 414. 1789; Fyson, Fl. Nilgiri Pulney Hill-tops 1: 53. 1915. Geranium moschatum L., Sp. Pl. 680. 1753.

Annuals or bienniels with smell reminiscent of musk; stems 10 - 50 cm, hispid with usually deflexed hairs. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, up to 20 cm long, pinnate almost tnroughout their length; leaflets ovate. Umbels 5 - 12-flowered; bracts several, broadly ovate, pale brown. Sepals 6 - 9 mm long. Petals ca 15 mm long, violet or purple. Mericarps 5 - 6 mm long, hairy with wide apical pits; beak 20 - 45 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. June - Oct.

Distrib. India: Frequently naturalized or casual everywhere; probably as a garden escape.

S. & W. Europe.

Uses. Leaves are edible; tincture of leaves is an excellent local application in sore throat and ulceration of mouth.

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