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ANY IDEAS??

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by ARMANDII, May 17, 2017.

  1. ARMANDII

    ARMANDII ADMINISTRATOR Staff Member

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    Anyone got an idea of what this yellow flowered plant with serrated silver/grey leaves is??:scratch::doh:
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    Silver surfer PLANTAHOLIC

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      Yep Silver Leaf - excellent for pressing and making pressed flower pictures.
       
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      • ARMANDII

        ARMANDII ADMINISTRATOR Staff Member

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        Thanks for that:love30: It wandered into my garden a few years ago, uninvited, and this is the first time it has flowered making i.d. easier. I looked it up, now knowing the name, and it actually belongs to the Rose family:doh:

        Habitat
        Silverweed is most often found in sandy or gravelly soils, where it may spread rapidly by its prolific rooting stolons. It typically occurs in inland habitats, unlike A. egedii, which is a salt-tolerant coastalsalt marsh plant.

        Cultivation and uses
        The plant was put in shoes to absorb sweat. It was formerly believed to be useful for epilepsy, and that it could ward off witches and evil spirits.

        The plant has been cultivated as a food crop for its edible roots. The usual wild forms, however, are impractical for this use, as they are small and are hard to clean. It may also become a problem weed in gardens.

        Travelers visiting Tibet reported on the food use of the plant's root in the region. According to Pyotr Kozlov, who traveled in the Kham region in 1900-1901, Tibetans, who did not have any vegetables other than turnips, would often dig out roots of Argentina anserina (whose local name he gave as djüma), which could be easily dried and stored for later use. Kozlov even suggested that it would not be a bad idea for Russian peasants to do likewise, especially in famine years.The mission of Sarat Chandra Das to Tibet in the late nineteenth century reported that the root of the plant, under a Tibetan name variously transcribed as toma, doma or droma, was served cooked in butter and sugar at the New Year's celebrations in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

        Etymology and folklore[edit]
        The pre-Linnaean name anserina means "of the goose" (Anser), either because the plant was used to feed them or because the leaves reminded of the bird's footmarks. In Sweden, the flower is called gåsört (goose-wort)

        A rich folklore has developed around Silverweed. The plant bears the common name of richette in French, being rich through both silver and gold.

        There is a legend that the Christ Child grew up and walked the roads of Palestine; and the yellow flowering plant of the dusty wayside with silvery fern-like leaves that lay flat on the ground has been called the Footsteps of Our Lord.

        An amazing history!!..........and it obviously likes my sandy, light, soil!!:coffee::snorky:
         
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        I have to admit that is the first time I have seen Silverweed in flower.
         
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          ARMANDII ADMINISTRATOR Staff Member

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          Well, it's taken about 5 years to do it, dai:dunno::heehee:
           
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          It is very common in sea side areas.
           
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            I've eaten the knobly roots, very nice :spinning:
             
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              Do you think it's arrival means a Tsusnami is coming my way? :hate-shocked::scratch:
               
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