Zoology / identification

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  1. Violet I need help with this beauty. Florida,Geotagged,United States
    Replied 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
  2. It looks like something in the nightshade family. Is it a wildflower or a cultivated flower? Decorative or vegetable (potatoes and eggplants are in the nightshade family and often have purple flowers). What's the scale? Were the flowers tiny? or large? Replied 4 years ago
  3. I searched in different ways but I couldn't find anything similar. Replied 4 years ago
  4. Hi WildFlower and morpheme,
    I too searched in different ways and could not find anything similar. The suggesion that morpheme made seems to be the closest that we'll come...Nightshade.

    Unfortunately the shot was taken nearly 6 years ago and I have absolutely no way to remember exactly where, what size etc. And as tough as it is even getting to nightshade I doubt, that with all the thousands of species of nightshade, that we will really get very much closer without seeing another picture of exactly the same one.

    Thank you both for your efforts. For the time being I am just going to call it Nightshade.
    Replied 4 years ago
  5. Although the stamens look like those of nightshades, I am not convinced it is one of them. Replied 4 years ago
  6. I have a good possibility - exacum trinervium (or other exacum species). From what I can see there are other exacum species, but as far as cultivated flowers that one might find in Florida, more than likely you just find trinervium and affine, as these have been adopted as garden/house plants. I thought it looked familiar - exacum affines is sold pretty widely around here as a house plant and called a persian or german violet. Comparing them, I'd say yours is more likely to be a trinervium - the flowers on the affines are smaller with more rounded looking petals/flowers on a bushier, more dense plant. Replied 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
  7. I'd say you have hit the nail on the head! I looked at Exacum trinervium (German Violet or Persian Violet, Navy Star) which is pretty close. (Maybe a bit lighter in color). What do you think? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/284492/
    Replied 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago

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