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Plant ID request: Solved: Delphinium Gracile

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Offline glennie

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« on: September 14, 2008, 13:05 PM »
Wondering if this is an orchid.
Found yesterday at 900m  to the north of Madrid in the shade of a wall.
It's a very spindly plant.
The flowers can also be seen in the (not very good) photo of the plant itself. You can 'see' the seed heads at the top of the stem.

« Last Edit: September 16, 2008, 08:30 AM by glennie »

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 09:03 AM »
Hi Glennie,

Have a look at the monkshood family... It's not an orchid..

Delphinium gracile or D. nana.. Hard to tell these apart without the leaves to compare etc.....

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Offline glennie

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 11:50 AM »
Many thanks Clive.  :)
Looks like D. Gracile to me.

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 22:12 PM »
That's interesting that you suggest Delphinium, Clive.  It looks very like the delphinium that we get around here, but in the spring.
I thought though that if I suggested it that everyone would laugh me of the planet.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 23:27 PM »
Could it be, Tony,  that you are in the south, where everything arrives earlier?

I should also say that the plant we saw was, as my dad says, very much 'on its last knockings'. (TP can have a go with that expression.  :))
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008, 11:51 AM »
Greetings Glennie and All,
How 'bout estar para el arrastre or estar en las últimas or estar de capa caída?

Would "last knockings" refer to an engine - as in my beloved old Morris Minor?

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