White-flowered unknown

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  1. paion

    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    Could someone please help me indentify this plant? It's growing in a bed where I've recylcled a lot of seed compost, so I've probably intended to grow it and forgotten all about it. The plant has alternate leaves and is around 25cm tall, the off-white flowers are 1,2cm long with 5 purple stamens.

    Any help would be appreciated!
     

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    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    *Bump*

    This one is driving me crazy, I really should know the names of all the plants growing in my own garden... It's presumably a perennial in zone 7, it's too early for annuals to be flowering. Any suggestions will be appreciated, I can't even figure out the family.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I had a go at it last night briefly. I immediately considered Acanthaceae until I saw that it had alternate leaves. I'll pass it around to a few folks here.
     
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    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Daniel, I appreciate the help!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Three of us have had a look at it, no luck so far - any other clues? Any smell in the crushed foliage?
     
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    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    I posted this on GardenWeb as well, and with a lot of help from carol23 I think I may have the correct genus :-) Physochlaina looks very close, and the plant does have the "fleshy feel" of a Solanaceae. I can't remember sowing it, but a lot of my seeds are from exchanges and it wouldn't be the first time something was misidentified.

    Thanks again for looking, I would never have gotten this on my own!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That's actually the genus that David Tarrant came up with, but we weren't able to find an exact match.
     
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    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    Please send my thanks to David Tarrant as well, it's great to have confirmation!
     

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