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Not known plant

Observed: 13th September 2012 By: ex-royalex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plants
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lavateraguy's picture

It's a ...

Galium again (see the whorled leaves). It looks as if the seeds have germinated while still on the plant.

markwilson's picture

nkp

Is Dasineura aparines possible

lavateraguy's picture

Maybe

There are photographs online of the gall produced by Dasineura aparines (a gall midge). They don't seem to match. On the other hand the inflorescence/infructescence does look rather swollen.

A gall expert would appear to be needed.

GrizzledBadger's picture

It looks like a gall, but one

Galium. It looks like a gall, but one pic appears to show a frothy drip, so i wonder if it may be a Spittle Bug instar at work.

Brock

Duxbury Rambler's picture

Spittlebug

I think you are right Brock - looks like spittlebug on galium to me.

Carol

Rachy Ramone's picture

I vote for Galium

It certainly looks like Galium.

Is the white stuff solid, or frothy? It looks like what we used to call cuckoo-spit, but Stewart's comments indicate that it's a solid mass.

*confused*

Rachy Ramone

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lavateraguy's picture

for all I know ...

... it might be cuckoo spit. I don't think it looks like cuckoo spit, but that may be an artefact of the photographs which are less than sharp. The gross appearance of the node does seem quite compatible with cuckoo spit.

Matt Smith's picture

Cuckoo spit

Looks like Cuckoo Spit to me, you can see the bubbles.

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Cuckoo spit it is....

..but what is the plant, then?!

Galium aparine? The stems looks bristly enough, as do the leaves... or it could be G. uliginosum, I suppose: same bristles on stem and leaf, I can't determine relative size from photos.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

ex-royal's picture

Definitely not Cuckoo Spit

which I would have recognised. Cauliflower-like in appearance, slightly softer in texture. I thought it to be vegetable in nature. Sorry about the quality of the image.

Alan