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Aug 5, 2011 9:22 PM

Flower identification please

Can you identify this plant found in flower 2.8.2011 in dampish conditions - plant was about 11 inches tall.
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    Sep 4, 2011 1:31 PM (in response to grahamc)
    Re: Flower identification please

    Hi,

    your rather lovely flower is the Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris L.) - now regarded as a member of the Saxifrage family. It is fairly widespread in the British Isles in damp usually calcareous places but is now very rare in Southern England through the drainage of fens, 'improvement' of land, etc.

    It is a very distinctive plant, particularly in flower - the rather whiskery white staminodes alternating with the 5 functioning stamens unique in the British flora.

    Best wishes

    Fred

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    Sep 22, 2011 2:20 AM (in response to grahamc)
    Re: Flower identification please
    Sorry but I must disagree. There is an important information missing: where did you take this nice photo?   I think Parnassia palustris has NOT this kind of petals with sooo divided margins.   Does the image come from North America?  Perhaps it could be Parnassia fimbriata? Look this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parnassia_fimbriata
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      Sep 23, 2011 10:58 PM (in response to grahamc)
      Re: Flower identification please
      Are you serious?  This sounds unbelievable. Was it just a single individue?  Your location is at about 100 m altitude. This plant is not only from another continent, but also from very high altitudes (every record reported in GBIF is several thousands feet asl, alpine and subalpine belts).  What's going on here??
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