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.....but I'm not confident to ID it from these photos, sorry.
Do you have photos of the basal rosette?
Lovely shade of blue, btw!
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I'll have a look and see if I can find other pictures. What else can it be confused with? I had perhaps erroneously assumed that this was the correct ID since it was on chalk downland
Whoa, sorry Brad, I didn't mean to sound critical, or challenging.
First point, it could be common Milkwort, P. vulgaris: I'd need to see the basal part of the plant to check whether there is a basal rosette just a little off the ground. The two are very similar.
Second point, in my work I have to make an ID based on what the plant is, not what I think it ought to be, so I have learned not to take too much notice of the conditions: can't tell you how often you find things growing where they "shouldn't". Of course, the conditions are a good indicator, and in many cases, they can save a lot of time, but unfortunately for me, that's not how I have to work. So I don't pay much attention to where something was found, until I am sure I know what it is. If you see what I mean.
Thirdly, and this is me, not you: I find it extremely hard to ID from photos, which is partly why I am here - to get the practice and to build my confidence in making an ID when I can't handle the material.
I am very envious of those who can take a quick glance and say "yup, that's it!"
I'm not yet that good.
Perhaps I'll sit here quietly until someone else confirms your ID (which is very probably correct!)...
Hey, I didn't take it as critical. Sometimes, getting tone right in e-communication is tricky...
I'm not that great at identifying stuff, and this is one from ages ago when I *think* I had my floras with me at the time and IDd it in situ, but I can't remember.
I really appreciate all feedback on my IDs since I'm not always that confident about them.
None of my other pictures of this are any better, and it is hard to tell if the upper leaves are broader too.
Some of the guides note that chalk milkwort is almost gentian blue, which might be a point in that direction.
...but, curses, I can't use that for ID either, as it's so variable depending on light, camera, etc.
Plus, the books are subject to the printing process: at a recent Botany Crew outing, two of us had the same book, (Rose) same edition, yet the colours on a specific flower were quite different.
I'm sure you are right, I'm just not brave enough to "agree" with what I have to work on!
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