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Can anyone tell me what this is? I got a call at work this morning to come check out a 'strange plant'. Boy they weren't kidding! I sent photos off to a diagnostic lab but their turnaround is a few days out at least. The suspense is killing me (and anyone who has seen it)<br><br>
We really have seen nothing like this before. I went through 2500 pages of ID books and nothing still.<br><br>
Do you think it could be an alien???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><br><a href="http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/atlasphotos/Alien%20plant/" target="_blank">photo album of alien</a>
 

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OH that is so interesting!! It looks as if the stem is very wide and thin? It seems to me that whatever it is has mutated. I've had cockscomb, sunflowers, echium pinniana, and amaranth all do that with their stems at one point or another. Very odd though for the rest of it. I'll be so curious to find out what it is! Parts of it almost look like evening primrose... but not quite. Hmmm!
 

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OK I just went and looked at some pics of evening primrose to refresh my memory (I haven't grown it for several years) and I think that is what you have there. A mutated evening primrose. That's my guess! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A few pics of the (non-mutated) plant:<br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose_oil" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose_oil</a><br><br><a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/picb/wfshl-eveningprimrose.html" target="_blank">http://www.all-creatures.org/picb/wf...gprimrose.html</a>
 

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That *is* really weird. I agree, the flowers look like Evening Primrose, or something related (in the family Onagraceae) with the long inferior ovary like that. Hmmm. Now I'm really curious too!
 

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Hmmm. I also posted this on gardenweb and have gotten evening primrose - fasciated.<br><br>
You ladies know your primrose<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I am still waiting on the lab to see what they say.<br><br>
Wonder what caused it to mutate? Cool yet unnerving at the same time, KWIM?
 
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