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Unknown Flower

Observed: 4th July 2010 By: kweffkweff’s reputation in Plantskweff’s reputation in Plants
Unknown Flower
Unknown Flower _

Solitary plant growing on unimproved chalk grassland.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White Clover (Trifolium repens) interacts


kweff's picture


Hello Mark - I've been trying to work out what this is for a long time but I really don't think it's clover!!

lavateraguy's picture

Can you cast any light ...

... on the nature of the foliage?

kweff's picture

Added another photo.

It's been sitting in my "to be identified" folder for ages but I can't recall any more specifics unfortunately. I've added the only other photo I have of it which is not great.

lavateraguy's picture


I can't think of a better identification than a pauciflorous Trifolium repens head.

Oxytropis, which looks similar florally, can be ruled out on habitat and distribution grounds, even though we don't have the foliage on which to base a determination.

Mark at Magdalen's picture

I'm probably pushing it too

I'm probably pushing it too far but the plant in front of this flower looks like a young bee orchid to me.

Rachy Ramone's picture

I don't think it's clover...

.. but the flower certainly looks like something in the pea family.

In the second photo, there appears to be a blackened split pod: or it could be unrelated.

Sorry, can't help!

Rachy Ramone

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