A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

newbloomJuly 6, 2008

I've seen this flower growing here since my childhood. It has been suggested to me that it is an exotic plant, but I came here for a second opinion and maybe someone can provide the name for it.

If any additional images are needed to identify it, I'll be happy to oblige.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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newbloom

Here is an addition picture, of the leaves.

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    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 3:33PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

That sure looks like a Mimulus, but I can't seem to find out if there is a red one. Mimulus ringens looks almost exactly the same...except for that color!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Mimulus ringens

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:16PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

...to mention it could be some sort of Commelina, as well, although the color doesn't even match any of the three major types, C. erectus, C. virginiana, C. communis, let alone the leaves. But the blooms have the same form.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:34PM
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Soeur(z6b TN)

It's a legume, and I'm guessing Macroptilium lathyroides, wild bushbean. Not native, considered an invasive.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 7:02PM
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terrestrial_man(9)

soeur has made a great guess. Here are a couple of links.

Really need to see older leaves for a better confirmation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Macroptilium

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 8:30PM
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newbloom

Yup, it looks exactly like wild bushbean. To bad it's an invasive species though.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 10:11PM
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