Found mainly near the sea, Musk Stork’s-bill is best identified from Common Stork’s-bill by being stickily hairy. It has purple-pink five-petalled flowers (2 cm) which are borne in umbels of two to eight flowers, blooming from May to July. The distinctive leaves are pinnate, with toothed lobes and the stipules are quite blunt. As you might guess, the plant smells strongly of musk. It creeps across sandy, waste places and roadsides, usually covered in sand or dust which sticks to the leaves and it rarely reaches higher than 30 cm. This species was probably introduced into Ireland and it belongs to the Geraniaceae family.
I first recorded this plant on a BSBI Field-trip in 2010 with Paul Green, Vice-county Recorder for Counties Wexford and Waterford and am grateful to Paul for his identification.
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