growing in short, calcareous grassland, close to exposed rock, coastal
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I have been though all my books,this looks very familier,Have a look at Common Restharrow ( Ononis repins) and Small Restharrow,it does not show leaf close up but discribtion seems to fit,shame there were no flowers,will keep looking will look up on google
I have had a look on google and it's not what I thought,so will search again
... Common Storks-bill Erodium cicutarium, but am rather hesitant on this.
The leaves do look right and the hairy stem plus hairy leaves,also the height,it also suggest's Musk Stork's Bill E.moschatum which is mainly coastal,there would be no seeds to see at this time of year if it's growing on an exposed spot,will have a look at the musk sp but I do think your right,will go and google as not in books
I think it's the Musk Stork's Bill,it has a hint of purple at the base of the leaf joining the stem like your picture.I also think your's has a virus or some of it has if you look at photo 1 the one behind the one your holding is deformed as I was not sure if it was the same plant.I would go for the ID as I don't think we can ever be 100% and it's how we learn I am sure it's one of the two.
I may not be right but to me it doesn't look like Erodium moschatum in google pictures, this one is much more hairy/bristly.Wonder if all the pictures are of same plant as leaves look different in 2nd picture from other two.
If you look at the first picture there are three leaves and I would think the stem at the back,has been picked and is the one that is being held in the next picture,so I think it is the same plant,but the darker one behind may not be,quite a hard one to ID,but it look's so familier well we will all keep looking
I remember what the leaf reminds me of now,do you think it's this?
I would say no, because it agrees with leaf arrangement but not the shape. I don't see any lobes with Potentilla. It is hard because we don't see any flowers. I am giving up to do any further search, unless Norris can recall some more identification clues :)
all photos are the same plant. from memory, there was only one plant. cant say any more really. there are houses nearby, so may have come from one of them?
Is that a dead flower head in the bottom picture,I have spent a couple of hours tearing my hair out thinking what it reminded me of, excellant ID skills Tim Rich, shame the same cannot be said for myself.
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