Alien!? Plant?

chicken1August 6, 2014

Hi everyone,

My parents just noticed this very odd plant pop up in their garden. Any idea what it could be?
Thanks for your thoughts :)

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chicken1

This is another photo. Such a strange looking thing! 5.5 inches across at its widest point. Would love your ideas on what this could be....

This post was edited by chicken1 on Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 13:31

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 1:28PM
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thedecoguy

Its a Fasciated form of something, as to what ?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 1:39PM
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chicken1

It has some normal stems, then the one extra wide one. Maybe the wide leaf is a mutant or something!?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:28PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Can you show us the top of the 'normal' plant? The fasciated leaf looks like a monocot and the big stem looks as if it could be a lily which would fit the monocot idea. But the lower leaves don't fit.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:48PM
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gardengal48

Definitely a fasciated something or other :-)) The top of the leaf on the first photo is extremely characteristic of that situation. Agree with floral that we need to see as much of the 'normal' plant as possible to make a good ID.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 5:11PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I think it's a fasciated stem, because it has leaves growing from it.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 7:25PM
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chicken1

My third photo is the best I have of the "normal" bit of the plant, will ask dad to take more. Thanks! X

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 6:48AM
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chicken1

The whole plant. There are seed pod bits so it looks like it must've already flowered. More pics to follow. Thanks everyone! :)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:05PM
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chicken1

Another pic

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:06PM
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ibilous(6 Mykolayiv)

OK guys... You've come with an idea that that is a fasciated stem... A stem of what plant is that? :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:27AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Ask your Dad to look at pictures of Hesperis matronalis in flower and see if that rings any bells.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:33AM
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chicken1

Thank you so much!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Was it Hesperis, then? Or are the thanks just for the suggestion?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:34PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

Does it have some thorns on it? In one of the pictures above enlarged I see what looks like thorns.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 4:18PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I've been trying to square it with what is likely to be growing in rough grass (presumably the site of spring bulbs, maybe an old orchard?) in a UK garden. I can't see any thorns and I can't think of anything that would have thorns that fits the appearance.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 4:27AM
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