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Observed: 23rd August 2013 By: skyesteveskyesteve’s reputation in Plantsskyesteve’s reputation in Plantsskyesteve’s reputation in Plantsskyesteve’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Hairless, with long narrow leaves, small white flowers and small round fruits. Several creeping stems were growing from the same point.

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lavateraguy's picture

Not a crucifer

Crucifers have alternate, not opposite, foliage.

skyesteve's picture

Not a crucifer

That explains why I couldn't find it in the book!

Steve Terry,
Isle of Skye

lavateraguy's picture

If it's possible ...

... closeups of the flowers and fruits (and on the other side a photo of the whole plant) might help identification.

One would think that a prostrate plant with linear leaves and tetramerous flowers would be easy to identify, but I've been through a whole book without success.

My first thought, after excluding crucifers, was one of the tetramerous Caryophyllaceae, but I failed to find a match.

lavateraguy's picture

Photographs and 3D

Until the identification as Veronica scutellata (I don't know that plant) was offered this was looking like a confusing mixture of plant parts. After the identification was offered everything "clicked into focus" and I could see the structure of the plant.

landgirl's picture

V. scutellata

I've never seen this either, which is strange as according to books and NBN it's really rather common. Not too much in the way of acid habitats round here, though.

lavateraguy's picture

It's uncommon in Cheshire ...

... but there are a few sites where I might have seen it, but haven't. (I've seen quite a few plants that are rarer.)