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Unknown plant (abstract photos!)

Observed: 14th July 2009 By: Peter M McEvoy
Botanical Society of Britain and IrelandNew Flora of the Isle of Man
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Provided by a surveyor who took lots of lovely microscope shots, but lacking any whole plant or habitat description. I (and others) are stumped!

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Not a lot to go on! Could it

Not a lot to go on! Could it be a Cerastium? (Mouse ear)

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Cerastium or Stellaria spp.

Cerastium or Stellaria spp. was the train of thought that I was on, but the long, fused petals are distracting me. In fariness, it is probably something really common but the abstract nature of the pictures are creating a real mystery!

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correction

Above, I suggest that the link to a picture is similar due to fused petals. However they are in fact a seed capsule in the linke dpic. It may be that this is the case here too? Anyone agree?

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Yes, I think you are right.

Yes, I think you are right. The clincher is the seeds which you can see a picture of here: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CEFOV2

They seem to match yours very well. Mystery solved, I think!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)