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Tricky Milkwort

Observed: 28th September 2012 By: BDeed
Merseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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polygala
Description:

My first idea was that this would be Heath milkwort (Polygala serpyllifolia), but on closer inspection it lacks opposite leaves, however, neither do the leaves reflect P. vulgaris.
I am actually wondering if this might be Polygala calcarea - Chalk Milkwort... but can't be sure.

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Species with which Milkwort (Polygala) interacts

Comments

Dluogs's picture

It is often only the lower

It is often only the lower leaves of P. serpyllifolia that are opposite - did you check the whole plant? The leaf shape and habit looks quite wrong for Chalk Milkwort - the one milkwort I know well, but look most like pictures of P. serpyllifolia in my books. Also, Chalk Milkwort is over by the end of June whereas Common or Heath can both still be in flower in September. I'm not sure if this is any help, unless you can find it again this year!

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Thanks for the comment and

Thanks for the comment and good to know about potentially only the lower leaves being opposite! Unfortunately this was another case of taking a photo while on holiday then not identifying until i got home so unlikely to find again any time soon!

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I know the problem!

I know the problem!