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ID for a small white flower

soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

Could someone ID this for me. It's a very small white flower with five petals in a cup shape. About three flowers grow on a single stem that grow out of the main stem.

The leaves are ovoid and alternate and the flower stems grow fom the base of one of these leaves. As you can see from the pic's, when the flower begins to from it has a shape similar to a cardinals' mitre.

It probably came from a box of summer annual seeds.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,713

    It looks very much like Lavatera trimestris.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    I don't know annuals but I can't see anything Malva like there. I thought they all had the lobed leaves



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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,713

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    Not a brilliant picture but you might make out the leaves nutcutlet.

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    Ladybird4 says:

    It looks very much like Lavatera trimestris.

    See original post

    Thanks Ladybird but Nut is right, it's definitely not Malva. As I said the flower is very small. Also mallows don't have that mitre shape while the flower is forming. You can see how small the flower is by comparing it with the clarkia flowers and leaves in the pictures or the small stones in the soil.

    Finally, mallows don't have the flower stem growing with a basal leaf on the main plant stem, with three flowers, as in my description.

    Last edited: 10 August 2016 16:41:01

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,713

    Fair comment. I guess I just looked at the flower shape and didn't recognise the Clarkia in your pic. Well I do hope that you find out what it is soulboy. Good luck image

    Last edited: 10 August 2016 16:50:11

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    Thanks Ladybird. No luck yet. I was hoping that the way the flower has that 'mitre' shape before ti opens would be recognised by someone. I'm still searching flower databases.

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