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By Sheilar

Sunderland Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom Gb

This plant just appeared in my front garden. I'm sure I did not plant it. Any ideas?

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Not sure but it looks like a weed to me. Something similar keeps appearing in my garden along with other weeds.

27 Aug, 2011


No Idea, except my head keeps saying malot or maliot.
How is you daughter ?

27 Aug, 2011


Pimpernel, were you thinking of Melitot? Could be that

27 Aug, 2011


I can't find a plant called melitot. There is a Melilotus, but that is a clover relative. This one looks like a daisy relative.

28 Aug, 2011


Pimpernel - I've sent you a private message.

28 Aug, 2011


Tug we have three melitots, Melitotus officinalis, M. alba and M. altissima. Like the clover they are all distantly related to clover as you say, as members of the the pea family. Looking more closely the photo shows warty leaves and lots of stem hairs and while M.altissima does have hairy fruit its leaves and stems are smooth, so it isn't that. I can't see anything like it in the daisy family either, except perhaps bristly ox tongue, what do you think? It would be interesting to see it when the flowers have come out.

28 Aug, 2011


All of the Melilotus that I know of have three leaflets per leaf, like a clover. This one has entire, linear leaves, similar to many weedy composites. Also, many of the stems end in clusters of bracts, such as composite flower heads appear during the early stages, especially many species of groundsel (Senecio).

28 Aug, 2011


I had given up on Melitotus - only mentioned it as a reply to Pimpernel. Did you consider the bristly ox tongue, Picris
echioides? Not convinced about that either but it was the nearest I could find looking at the closeup, but the general shape of the plant in the other picture isn't like it. I'm baffled.

3 Sep, 2011


It's still in the garden so when it flowers, I'll post a pic on here, maybe it can be identified then.

3 Sep, 2011


Don't let it seed then !

10 Sep, 2011

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