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Unidentified plant (succulent?)

Observed: 4th May 2013 By: Joe Botting

Very low-growing (up to 2-3 cm tall), creeping plant with veinless leaves. Flowers tiny (

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Many thanks for this - we'd just come to the same conclusion, which is quite satisfying. Can't believe I've not noticed this before, but must have been spending too much time staring at bugs instead... :o)

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Montia fontana

There are four subspecies which can be told apart by the sculpturing on the seeds. Sounds a bit over the top. But, it's easy and fun to do. Just pick some of the plant with at least flowers in bud. Put it on a piece of white paper on a sunny windowsill for a couple of days and out pop the seeds.

A relatively low power microscope is all that's needed to get a good view of the seeds and bingo, you can tell which subsp. you have.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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Sounds interesting

I'll definitely have a go at that - thanks for the advice. I've got a reasonable stereomicroscope (up to about 65x), so hopefully that should do the job.