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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Send Greengage a PM if he wants the answer. I haven't given up yet. Driving me mad though. Only so many books a man can look through!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I havent given up yet looked through 779 plants and was not any of them, so what can have small pink flowers thinking Alpinne plant because not many shrubs have small pink flowers and if it grows wild in ireland ill figure it out.
Awaiting another clue,it must be obvious if Silver surfer thinks clues give it away
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Docter Robert wrote:
How about a tall Echium ?


Sorry not Echium.
Hmm! Never noticed Echiums on mountains in Ireland.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=echium&client=firefox-a&hs=5YL&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=BLj8U5_GOsfC7AbLpYHYBQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1536&bih=728#channel=np&q=echium+flowers&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Stonecrop


Sorry not stonecrop.
Much nearer size than others mentioned BUT 5 petals!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=stonecrop&client=firefox-a&hs=XaL&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Xrj8U8nXDu_n7AbEu4HgCA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1536&bih=728
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a member of the passiflora family?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="baabamaal" Ling heather?[/quote]

Bingo! Yes you have got it CALLUNA VULGARIS..or Heather or Ling.
Well done baabamaal.
I nearly missed your answer!

Greengage you also mention Heather and then discount it.
Quote.."Ok I dnt know what it is but if you google all the above it throws up Hebe, but ii dont think its that,deffo not an Echium, nor Deutzia, nor Viburnum but you say its common, Cotoneaster No,HEATHER no wrong flower type, Buddlia No, Pittospernum but thats tall not shrub mat forming,Last guess Thyme. ".

I was amazed when I saw my close up of a single flower....I thought they were bell shaped. See 2 new pics below...plus original close up.

I learnt something new.

Hope you enjoyed my challenge.
Beats watching the depressing news on TV!

My next clue was to say it was a girls name...then everyone would have got it!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=calluna+vulgaris+flower&client=firefox-a&hs=uE1&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=J738U5yoG4WQ7Aa-xoGwDw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1536&bih=728

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calluna

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay me! Very Happy

the 2mm size and the mountain location were the clues I went with.

Chuffed, I am Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, that's a feather in your cap and beating Greengage too!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well holy god as milay would say, I still had to google Calluna vulgaris to confirm I would have thought the flowers were bell shaped. well done baabamaal.
I even flicked through Zoe devlins book wildflowers of ireland and looked at heather page 152 and still dismissed it, must be loosing my touch. Next time
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at Zoe Devlin's book, too, but dismissed the idea of heather because i thought the heather flower was much more bell-shaped.
Well done Baabamaal, enjoy your chuffed-ness!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
So what we know so far is ,
This plant definitely has 4 petals and 4 sepals.
Yes...macro pic.....A close up of a tiny flower about 2mm in size.
This is just a single flower ..one of many up the stalk.
in the wild I would expect to find it on the mountains rather than besides a river or pond.
It can be found as a white form as well.
It is a shrub that forms a clump...with many flowering stalks.
It flowers in August,


You just missed out the first crucial clue ...COMMON.
Not a bulb.
It can be found in gardens AND in the wild.
It does not have umbels or panicles or corymbs of flowers.
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I meant to say thank you Greengage for putting it together so concisely.
I fear a few guesses were miles out as the pic was not LOOKED at
OR the clues READ!

But I was pleased to know you picked up on 4 petals and used that in your search.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at Zoe's book also! I think the general point about paintings/drawings of plants being much more reliable than photos is true- although in this case I don't think any artist would have picked up on flowers that size! I must also confess that as my location suggests I'm living beside a bog and the heather is currently looking splendid which might have helped me subliminally Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like myself " you can take the man out of the bog but not the bog out of the man" Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
Although a Dub by birth, my dna is pure BIFFO, so yes, I get dizzy standing on anything higher than a bucket. And the bits of bog that are left are truly wonderful places.
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