Plant ID forum: Could anyone ID this flower?

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Nov 21, 2016 12:39 AM CST
I am pretty sure this comes from the family Liliaceae. If you cannot see it has 6 petals, 6 stamen, and a pistil with 3 lobes/stigma. It is a light purple with white and dark purple strips near the center. I found a bunch of them on a median in the middle of a road in Southwest Florida. They were under 6 inches.

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Name: Danita
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Nov 21, 2016 12:56 AM CST
Welcome! , Vivi0912!

Largeflower Mexican Clover (Richardia grandiflora)

Family - Rubiaceae

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Nov 21, 2016 8:05 AM CST
Thank you so much. I guess I just kept looking for purple flowers and that's why I got so stuck haha. I'm a 16 year old aspiring botanist so I'm trying to get used to all of it. Thank you again!
Name: Rick R.
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Nov 21, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Kudos should be given for your methodical attempt at identification. Most people just look at pictures, only. So I think you will view the forthcoming as it is intended (a learning tool), rather than criticism (which it is not!). Smiling

All species in the family Liliaceae have parallel veins. Your plant has net veins. A good source of information for North American plants is the Flora of North America (FNA), where full descriptions are given for not only species and lower ranks, but also those above, like families. Unfortunately, the decades long FNA project is not complete in that all the families are not finished, but all that are published are complete. So one might find Liliaceae listed, but not Fabaceae, for instance. Under the family names, a full description common to all species within that family will be given. A simple dichotomous key will never show all the characteristics, only the differentiating ones.

When I was 16 years old, I didn't even know what a botanical plant family was!
You're going to be a great botanist, Vivi0912. Thumbs up Learn Botanical Latin; you will never regret it!
Name: Lin
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Nov 21, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Yep, Richardia grandiflora ... blooming pretty here on the east coast now too.
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