Tuesday, April 27, 2010

help ID plant from Rome

unknown green flower
among English lawn daisy (Bellis perennis)
Rome, Italy
March 17, 2010

I have no idea what this is. We don't see things like this in central CA. Related to golden saxifrage, maybe? Can anyone ID?


Scott Namestnik said...

I've never been to Italy, so I can't say for sure what your plants are... but...

The plant with white and yellow flowers is a composite in the family Asteraceae. It looks similar to Chrysanthemum or Bella, but I'm sure there are many other possibilities in Italy.

The plant with yellowish/greenish flowers is in the genus Euphorbia. It looks like Euphorbia commutata, but again, I have no idea what other possibilities exist in Italy.

Hope this helps, a bit.

Nature ID said...

Thanks for your input. I didn't even think to ID the little white flowers. I posted the second pic to give an idea of where I found the bright green unknown, along a path next to a soccer field. E. commutata is unusual:
Reminds me a little of miner's lettuce.

Imperfect and tense said...

Yep, would agree with Scott, it's one of the Euphorbias, or Spurge as we would call the wild plant in the UK. Sorry can't be more specific :o(

Nature ID said...

Phooey, my reply to Scott got deleted when I transferred this post from my other blog.

This has been difficult to ID, mainly because I have to google translate every Italian botany site.