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A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

Posted by newbloom FL (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 6, 08 at 15:29

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: The flower in question.


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RE: A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

Here is an addition picture, of the leaves.

Here is a link that might be useful: The leaves.


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RE: A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

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


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Shoot...I forgot...

...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.


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RE: A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

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


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RE: A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

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

Really need to see older leaves for a better confirmation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Macroptilium


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RE: A pretty native flower or an invasive exotic?

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


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