Can you ID these for me please?

Use this forum for identification of plants and flowers found in the UK. To allow us to help provide accurate identification we need clear pictures of the whole plant, where it is growing and close up pictures of flowers, buds or seed heads if any available. It would also be useful to see pictures showing the leaf attached to the stem.
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beeclaire80
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Can you ID these for me please?

Post by beeclaire80 » 12 Nov 2020, 17:10

Hi,

I’m fairly sure one is sow thistle but the other one I’ve never seen. The plant app is saying ragwort which I know is toxic but I had a different idea of what ragwort was in my head!!

Thanks.
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lin
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Re: Can you ID these for me please?

Post by lin » 12 Nov 2020, 17:37

Hi Claire
The one at the top is Headge Mustard -- https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/pla ... nt=712&c=6
The one below it is Annual Sow Thistle -- https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/pla ... nt=209&c=6

Lin

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Post by beeclaire80 » 12 Nov 2020, 18:29

Thanks Lin!

This is why I don’t trust plant ID apps!

Just to add, can you tell what this seed pod is? The book I have shows a similar one that is musk mallow.
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Post by Nina » 12 Nov 2020, 19:32

Yes, that definitely looks like one of the Mallows (probably Musk Mallow) to me. Some of those seed heads look ready to collect. Why not take a couple of the brown individual pods off and sow them in a little space in your garden and mark it with a stick or something. They do germinate and self seed readily, and next year you'll have lots of Musk Mallow to feed.

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beeclaire80 wrote:
> Thanks Lin!
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> This is why I don’t trust plant ID apps!
>
> Just to add, can you tell what this seed pod is? The book I have shows a
> similar one that is musk mallow.

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Post by beeclaire80 » 12 Nov 2020, 20:28

Thank you Nina!

Hope you are well?

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Post by Nina » 12 Nov 2020, 20:32

Hi Claire,
Oops, I just added something to my post about collecting a bit of seed from that plant --- have a look I'm well and hope that you are too!!

N x

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Re: Can you ID these for me please?

Post by beeclaire80 » 12 Nov 2020, 20:37

I’m good!

Now I know they are most probably mallow I’ll nip out and grab a couple of pods. They are literally outside my garage which opens onto a field behind my house.

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Post by Nina » 12 Nov 2020, 20:40

Sounds perfect!! Happy foraging!

Nina

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