Plant ID forum: Tiny white flowers on a feathery plant

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Name: Jeremy Lucas
Jacksonville, FL
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JaxFlaGardener
Apr 3, 2012 4:22 PM CST
This was growing on a street corner by an abandoned lot in northeast Florida. The plant doesn't reach more than about 6 inches maximum in height.

My first thought was that it might be a form of Baby's Breath (Gypsophila), but the leaves are more like a Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus).

My camera doesn't do closeups very well of such tiny flowers, but if more photos are needed, I will try to get some.

Thanks!

Jeremy
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 4, 2012 8:24 AM CST
Hey there Jeremy!

I'm wondering if the plant in question could be a variety of Torilis (Hedge Parsley)?

http://www.google.com/search?q=Hedge+Parsley&hl=en&prmd=imvn...

http://www.google.com/search?q=torilis+arvensis&hl=en&prmd=i...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 4, 2012 9:13 AM CST
Ptilimnium capillaceum?

http://www.southeasternflora.com/view_flora.asp?plantid=95#

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carthamus/6295903547/
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Apr 4, 2012 10:35 AM CST
Or, maybe this one Oxypolis filiformis (5th plant down this page):

http://www.floridasnature.com/florida_herbs_7.htm
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Apr 4, 2012 10:49 AM CST
I wonder if that is correctly named Lin?

http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx...

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Oxypolis%20filiformis%20

http://www.valdosta.edu/~rcarter/FLORA/oxypolfil.htm

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=oxfi

Water-Dropwort is also known as Hog-Fennel and Cowbane.

The plant is an erect perennial herb. Average height of a single stalk is about 5 feet.with a slender, sparsly-branched, heavily striated (marked with fine, parallel lines) and a hollow stem. The roots are fibrous. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region. Its preferred habitat is wet ditches, prairies, bogs, marshes, and pinelands.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, no teeth and no lobes, flattened, and linear in form.


http://wildflowers.jdcc.edu/Water_Dropwort.html
Name: Jeremy Lucas
Jacksonville, FL
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JaxFlaGardener
Apr 9, 2012 4:30 PM CST
I think JrsBugs is closest with the Ptilimnium capillaceum suggestion. The plant is growing on a very hot, dry street corner with no irrigation (and we are in yet another drought period in Florida), so I don't think it could survive if it were a marsh plant.

Also, the leaves are more like dill or fennel, rather than being parsley-like.

I will check back with the plant, get some more photos and see if any seeds have developed.

Thanks for the input!

Jeremy

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