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Post by MWP admin » Tue May 06, 2008 5:32 pm

Cant figure out what is this tiny plant in fruit. Looks like a Cyperaceaea ?
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Post by MWP admin » Fri May 09, 2008 1:50 pm

Any ideas at least about the Family? Genus?
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Post by IL-PINE » Fri May 09, 2008 6:12 pm

non ho la piu pallida idea

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Post by RB » Sat May 10, 2008 5:07 pm

dik mhux haxix hazin my frent... :-D :-D

Looks like something that has a bulb, which does narrow it down considerably I think.

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Post by jackpot » Tue May 13, 2008 12:20 pm

would expect an Iridaceae- perhaps Romulea?

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Post by MWP admin » Tue May 13, 2008 6:54 pm

hmmm.... I was thinking on some stunted Juncus bufonius but I think it is not that one.

Please note a scabrous stipule (well visible on the top fruit) which reminds me that of Spergularia (but this is not Spergularia) and is not like that of Romulea which is more elongated. The fruit of romulea is 'barrel shaped'.

Unf this was the youngest of a groupof 12 individuals.
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Post by RB » Sat May 17, 2008 1:36 pm

jackpot wrote:would expect an Iridaceae- perhaps Romulea?
My first instinct too but the fruit was off-putting - unless it was simply stunted (!)

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Post by jackpot » Mon May 19, 2008 2:31 pm

B: what you mean with off-putting?
MWP: you should collect a fruit for RB!!

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Post by MWP admin » Mon May 19, 2008 4:29 pm

Do not worry, nobody (=nobody :wink: ) have identified this tiny plant. Could be something not rare but we are not familiar with the fruit. This situation happened recentely to me on the fruit-bearing plant of Sheredaria arvensis!

I thought the scabrous stipule/bract was a big hint but I cant place anything definitive. I assure you that it is not Romulea (it has different fruit-shape 1 and different valve).

We see next year if it grows again.
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Post by MWP admin » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:31 pm

I concluded on Juncus bufonius (95% confident) ta.

I have compared the fruit and looks the same.

http://www.maltawildplants.com/JUNC/Juncus_bufonius.php

Check image: JNCBU-1
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Post by jackpot » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:36 am

Congratulation!

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