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I found a lot of these in the woods down near the Tamar Bridge on the Devon side of the river, and I've never seen them before. They had a slight scent. I thought they were crocusses at first from a distance, but they have weird hooks on the flowers, and the growth habit wasn't quite crocussy when you look at them close up either.

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heartofoshun
16th Apr, 2018 13:53 (UTC)
I have no idea! Very pretty though.
bunn
16th Apr, 2018 20:12 (UTC)
It's really lovely - a good strong purple.
pixel39
16th Apr, 2018 14:43 (UTC)
Hmmm. Not violets. Not purple loosestrife. Not phlox. Not hyacinth.

So far I've found a whole lot of things that it isn't.

They're a lovely shade of purple, whatever they are.
bunn
16th Apr, 2018 20:11 (UTC)
Apparently it's the parasitical Purple Toothwort, which has no leaves! I had assumed the leaves must come in at a different time of year. It's certainly well established along the river.
pixel39
17th Apr, 2018 14:47 (UTC)
It's lovely! And also intriguing, and quite a curious-looking flower to boot!
puddleshark
16th Apr, 2018 14:53 (UTC)
Ooh, lovely!

It looks a little like Lousewort, though that usually has frilly leaves... Maybe something in the same family?
bunn
16th Apr, 2018 20:10 (UTC)
Ladyofastolat has pinned it down - it's purple toothwort! What a weird plant.
puddleshark
17th Apr, 2018 06:18 (UTC)
Oh, wow! Purple and parasitic! I wonder if it grows round here...
bunn
16th Apr, 2018 20:09 (UTC)
YES! That is it! What a very weird little plant. The parasitism thing would explain why I've never noticed it before, too - presumably most of the year it's underground, and perhaps I havent' walked past that way just as it was flowering before - or maybe I did, and just didn't look close enough to see that it wasn't crocuses...
timetiger
16th Apr, 2018 20:52 (UTC)
They're a wonderful, thirst-quenching color.
wosny
19th Apr, 2018 15:32 (UTC)
I saw some of this today!
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