Long-Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) immature fruit

Long-Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys)

See the three green globules near the bottom of the photo? That's where the flowers were when they bloomed. Now their remains have migrated several centimeters upwards, and one of them has rerouted to an entirely different stem, possibly to make inquiries about where this space elevator will be making its next scheduled stop. It's this stage of the plant's life that gives the genus (which translates very roughly to "long-beaked") its name.

This Photo:  In the foothills near Highway 49, late April