Wildflowers: Wildflowers of Southwest France

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  1. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Spring wildflowers were pretty much non-existent in this part of the world (Toulouse region in Southwest France) due to a basically rainless Spring. After that we have had one of the rainiest July ever and, as a result, we have this month of August one of the most outstanding display of wildflowers ever seen around here at this time of the year. I have been busily snapping pictures of them and have been able to identify about 80% of them.

    There a re a few I have not been able to and I would appreciate help identifying them. Here are the first 4 plants (the first two pics belong to the same plant). They all grow in a sunny prairie setting.

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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I have received two IDs

    Second unknown plant (third pic) is Verbena officinalis
    Fourth unknown plant (last pic) is Hieracium pilosella

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  3. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The first plant looks like some kind of mint. The pink flowers look like some type of Dianthus.
     
  4. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Another ID received:

    Third plant (fourth pic) is indeed a Dianthus: Dianthus carthusianorum

    The leaves of the first plant do not give off anything that could be remotely associated with mint. Mentha arvensis, common around here does smell mint when crushed.

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  5. Andrey Zharkikh

    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Check for these three:

    Mentha spicata - http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2005/11/24/spearmint/
    Mentha suaveolens - http://josenaturaleza.blogspot.com/2010/08/mentha-suaveolens-ehrh-fam-lamiaceae.html
    Mentha villosa - http://www.romencegardens.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_id=3497
     
  6. Robert Flogaus-Faust

    Robert Flogaus-Faust Active Member 10 Years

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    The Dianthus species is Dianthus armeria, certainly not Dianthus carthusianorum. The mint is not Mentha arvensis, but I am not sure about the species. The identification of Hieracium pilosella should be considered extremely doubtful. I just cannot see enough of this plant. I agree with Verbena officinalis.
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thanks Andrey, Mentha suaveolens is close.

    Thanks Robert, you may be right in the Dianthus. To confirm Hieracium pilosella ID, I am enclosing two additional pics, one with the flower and another one of the leaves.

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    Robert Flogaus-Faust Active Member 10 Years

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    This is certainly not Hieracium pilosella, because this species has entire leaves. I wonder whether this might be Urospermum dalechampii because of the dark flower tips, but I haven't found this plant so far. Therefore I am not sure.
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thank you Robert, I have looked at the pictures of Urospermum dalechampii available in the Web and I agree that it is a better match than Hieracium pilosella. Also its geographical habitat, Western and Central Mediterranean from Spain to Dalmatia and North Africa, matches well (Toulouse region is very close to Spain).

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