Does anyone know what this plant is please.
I found several on the shore at Hoylake, on the North bank of the Welsh River Dee estuary yesterday.
It forms dense rounded hummocks about one metre high and about one metre across. The leaves are about 10 cm across. No sign of flowers on it.
(It reminds me of a Geranium).
Capture2 shows the stems inside the hummock.
Is it a wild plant or a garden escape? Either way it is highly salt tolerant.
Could anyone suggest a good internet Identification source for UK coastal plants please. I find it all a bit hit and miss.
I think this is probably Common mallow, Malva sylvestris, http://www.ukwildflowers.com/Web_pages/malva_sylvestris_common_mallow.htm It is a native.
There are more images here http://eol.org/pages/584656/overview which might help too.
Not at all!
I'm indebted to my brains ability to 'ping' an alert to something it recognises. After that it is just a process of visual elimination and, more often than not, getting the keys out!
Always happy to help id stuff. If I come across a good online key I will pass it on...