An oddity in Portugal ID'd by Fermi as a fasciated Echium

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Alisdair

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An oddity in Portugal ID'd by Fermi as a fasciated Echium
« on: May 25, 2018, 07:30:09 AM »
Pauline Flesseman sent this picture to our MGS facebook page, asking if it was some sort of mutation. I've never seen anything like it. Can anyone identify it for her, please?
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Re: An oddity
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 08:44:09 AM »
A Triffid!!!
Or possibly a fasciated Echium, "Viper's Bugloss"
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Re: An oddity
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 04:07:28 PM »
I think Fermi hit it spot on, a fasciated Echium plantagineum possibly. See this: http://floraofgibraltar.myspecies.info/file-colorboxed/3011

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Re: An oddity in Portugal ID'd by Fermi as a fasciated Echium
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 08:09:38 AM »
Thanks, Fermi - it looks from the photo and another she sent me as if there are quite a lot of normal Echiums dotted about there too. It's apparently in West Portugal (where E. plantagineum among other species can be found), and I've passed the information on to Pauline.
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society