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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mal's Picturebox and identity crisis!

I've just posted a few snapshots, taken in the garden this afternoon, on 'Mal's Picturebox' . I've been unable to identify the wildflower in the picture below and would be grateful if anyone could help. There is no basal rosette to this flower.


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10 comments:

DaveOnFidalgo said...

Malcolm,

Could it be a type of Nemophila?

http://www.google.com/images?rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS308US308&q=nemophila&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

DaveOnFidalgo said...

Another possibility is Linum:

http://www.google.com/images?rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS308US308&q=blue%20flax%20flower&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

SimplyTim said...

Silly Mal,

I am yellow splashing in a pool of white, with a stadium of precious blue admiring it all.

Tim

Malcolm said...

thanks for the suggestions Dave - what a wonderful genus Nemophila is (even though it doesn't solve my identification problem - the leaf shape and arrangement is different from what I've been able to find out!)

I'm still exploring the Linum line but I've got to admit that once again the leaf arrangement of flax flowers coming through elsewhere in the garden is rather different.

Investigations are continuing.

Thanks Tim for the succint poetic outpouring!

Malcolm said...

still pursuing the linum enquiry - seems the most promising direction!

DaveOnFidalgo said...

Malcolm, another thought. Since you are a bird feeder like me, what are the chances this is something exotic brought in with the wild bird seed? I get millet and sorghum coming up all over, and peanut plants thanks to the squirrels. Some seed mixes include flaxseed.

DaveOnFidalgo said...

I found this post with a photo much like yours:

http://theshutterbugeye.blogspot.com/2009/10/chicago-botanical-gardens-pretty-purple.html

It is not identified, but the photo was taken at the Chicago Botanic Gardens:

http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Perhaps contacting them will reveal the ID. We'll get this figured out yet.

Malcolm said...

Thanks for the link Dave - certainly the flower at http://theshutterbugeye.blogspot.com/2009/10/chicago-botanical-gardens-pretty-purple.html is a "snap"!

Malcolm said...

I've found some photos of convolvulus 'blue enchantment' and they look just like this. Have I solved the mystery?

DaveOnFidalgo said...

Convolvulus 'blue enchantment' looks the same to me. Is it trumpet-shaped like a morning glory?