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Gilia (was unknown plant) (revisIted)

Observed: 31st May 2013 By: lavateraguylavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plants

A small (few inches high) presumed annual growing in a rockery at Ness Botanic Gardens (I saw it last year but didn't manage to get a usable photograph).
Flowers actinomorphic, pentamerous, sympetalous, ~5mm across, sepals 5?, free?, glandular hairy, petals 5, blue-purple, stamens 5, adnate/connate to the petals, anthers blue, style 1, stigmas 3, white. Leaves irregularly bipinnately lobed.
05Jun2015: Still present on 3rd June 2015 (two photos added - I think that the small forget-me-not to be seen is a depauperate M. arvensis).

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markwilson's picture


Not been able to id but whilst looking on interent did come across

that might help people with recognising major families/groups of plant - often uses US examples however

lavateraguy's picture

In this case the floral formula is rather nondescript ...

... about 2/3rds of flowering plants have 5 petals, and the other elements of the floral formula don't narrow it down all that much. I haven't managed to find a database of floral formulas to look it up in.

The leaves look rather cruciferous, but obviously they're not. I'm wondering whether it's something in Hydrophyllaceae - the leaves could pass for Nemophila menziesii, but the flowers don't appear to, even when considering the considerable variability of that species. The floral formula nearly matches, but Nemophila is supposed to have 2-part, not 3-part, stigmas.

markwilson's picture

u/k plant

Looks very similar


Well done - I "wasted" a lot of time on this

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I'm slightly embarrassed that I identified someone else's Gilia (tricolor), but failed to identify my own.

Gilia is a difficult genus, and the Gilia inconspicua complex (with 20 odd species) within it a particularly difficult group. And it might not even be part of that group - Gilia nevinii in the Gilia latifolia group has rather similar looking flowers.

Now I've been pointed in the right direction I'll do some more investigation.

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I noticed your comments when

I noticed your comments when looking at other Gilia observations, after suggesting this ID. I found this the same sort of way - google image search for blue anthers. And then checked the possible species ispot suggested to find the most likely one.