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Unknown starry flower

Observed: 28th May 2010 By: Barnmead
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Found this group of very delicate starry flowers in a wild part of our garden amongst grasses, cleevers and cowparsley. Inflorescence is a raceme c25cm high and up to 12 flowers with 6 pointed petals which have a green stripe on outer surface and lanceolate bracts. Leaves not identified amongst grass.

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Branched St Bernards Lily

I am a little confused as my books say that this is not native to Britain and where it does occur it is rare. Is this a garden escapee?

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St Bernards Lily

I wondered if that was the case. It hasn't appeared anywhere in the cultivated part of the garden. There is another patch in another uncultivated area. My books don't describe the green stripe on the outside of the petals and it doesn't look quite like the photos on the net. This area was part of an old wood.


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Unlikely - A ramosum

The one in the garden here has no obvious flower spikes at the moment, and is far bigger than this plant.

Could be a tulip species, although I don't recognise it if it is. Albucca is another slim possibility.

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Thank you! The pictures on the Encyclopedia of Life look just right with the green stripe on the outer surface of the petals.


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The RHS confirmed it is

The RHS confirmed it is Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)