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Not known flower

Observed: 6th July 2013 By: ex-royalex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plants

The leaf (second image) looks similar to Broad-leaved Willowherb but the flower is white/cream and has only 4 petals.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Broad-Leaved Willowherb (Epilobium montanum) interacts


Vinny's picture

I thought...

...4 is the normal petal number for willow herb? Could well be a pale variant - certainly looks like it to me.

lavateraguy's picture

Four petals ...

... is normal for Epilobium.

ex-royal's picture


quite right, 4 petals is normal for Epilobium. Given this and the observation at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/113913 I have gone for Broad-leaved Willowherb.


lavateraguy's picture

That one ...

... clearly has a four lobed stigma, whilst your photographs aren't clear enough to evaluate that trait.

(Feature to note for Epilobiums include whether the stigma is 4-lobed or clavate, the shape of the base of the leaves, the length of the petioles, and the cross section of the stem - but even that may not always be enough. Stace says that the type of hairs and the seed coat ornamentation are reliable characters - but you need optical aid for these.)