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I have found this plant in my garden. I watered it, and now it is blooming. I have no idea what plant it is. Could someone help me to identify this plant? My geographic location is the Indian subcontinent.

I am not sure but I think it is water leaf plant ( called sambar cheera ).If you see other pictures, the leaf and flower color matches but I am not sure as I do not know how the flower looks when it is bloomed ( in your picture). You can see this site

I got a picture of the above-mentioned plant from my house, unfortunately, it is not having flowers and I will get back when it will have one.

Hope this helps!

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Can You Identify These Summer Flowers?

People love the summer for a host of reasons, and even though this one may be far down on the list, we get to see some of the most beautiful flowers of the year during these short three months. But do you pay more attention to the ice cream and the summer bodies than you do the flowers? It's time to test your summer flowers knowledge with this quiz.

Summer is undoubtedly the brightest season of the year just about everything is bright! The sun, the beach shorts, the food and yes, the flowers. And while you may think that because summer is easy breezy , that this quiz might be, too, then you have another thing coming. Of course we've put the favorites like lavenders, sunflowers and marigolds, we also have some flowers you may have never heard of like the zinnia, kangaroo paw, yarrow and scarlet sage.

Whether you have to make an educated guess by ruling out all the wrong options, or whether you're playing eeny meenie miny mo, all we're concerned with is your score by the end of the quiz. So come prove to us that you know your flowers (whether it's by luck or chance) with this summer flowers quiz.

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Botanists identify plants according to key characteristics such as the area in which the plant is growing, the shape of the plant's leaves, the type of bark or lack of bark and the presence or lack of fruit and flowers. Plants are generally divided into six major groups: woodland, aquatic, grass-like, orchids, ferns and flowering non-woodland plants.

Woodland plants consist of trees, shrubs, non-shrubs and lianas. Woodland plants have thickened outer tissue of the stems and most have bark, as well as buds in the dormant season. Aquatic plants are characterized by submerged or floating leaves that have adapted to withstand flooding. Grass-like plants consist of grasses, sedges and other plants with long narrow leaves. They have leaves with a narrow blade or tubular sheath, or small flowers without obvious sepals and petals.

Orchids and related plants, such as lilies, irises, aroids and monocots, are characterized by seedlings with a single embryo leaf, flower parts in multiples of three and parallel veined leaves. Ferns and related plants, including horsetails, quillworts and lycopods, reproduce by spores. The spores often are grouped in specialized structures. Flowering non-woodland plants do not have parallel veined leaves but do have flower parts in groups of four or five.

The official state flower of the State of Maryland, the Black-eyed Susan is part of the sunflower family. It consists of yellow leaves surrounding a black or brown center, and some cultures use the plant for nutritional and medicinal purposes.

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With the help of technology, tree identification is easier now than it was in the days of field sketches and pressing samples. Tree identification used to involve detailed sketches of leaves and the shape of the tree and extensive notes on the texture of the bark.

It’s more common to just pull out a field guide to work on “keying out” tree identification in the field. This is much easier than pressing samples or trying to draw a tree well enough to identify it later – but it’s still a challenge. In certain parts of the world, there might be several species of closely related tree that are challenging to tell apart.

Now, you can just pull out your phone and snap a photo of a branch to identify a tree!

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I don’t tend to carry around a field guide. Now I can identify plants using PlantSnap whenever I have my phone and cell service. This is easier than lugging around a few field guides every time I go for a hike or even a stroll around a new city.

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There are many types of roses. I'll list a few here that are more common in modern times, with identifying features.

    These are the result of crossing hybrid perpetuals with tea roses. These are upright, robust plants with long cane growth and less branching than some. Thorniness varies. The flowers are large, usually single, with high centers. The bloom size and quality comes from the tea side, and the repeat blooming came from the hybrid perpetual side. Almost always grafted.

    These were the result of crossing polyantha roses with hybrid teas. These are more dense, twiggy, and rigid than the parents. The flowers are borne in clusters or sprays, and are smaller than hybrid tea blooms, but can be very similar in shape. Often allowed to grow on their own roots.

    Based on Rosa chinensis. These are smaller, thorny shrubs, twiggy and stiff. The fragrance is typically less powerful than in European roses. The flowers are borne in clusters, are single or double, and more flat than the hybrid tea. Often grafted to disease resistant stock.

    These are large, wide shrubs that grow larger than floribunda or hybrid tea. They are more open than many shrub roses. The flowers are like hybrid teas, but often less pointed, and borne in long-stemmed clusters. Usually not grafted.

    There are many types of climbing rose, but they typically have much longer, more flexible canes than shrub roses, and while they can be trained as a sprawling shrub, they prefer to be supported. The flowers are very variable, small to large, with many shapes and types of carriage. Sometimes grafted, but not generally.

    These are large, dense shrubs often used for hedges, which are disease resistant and resilient. They are used for hip production. The flowers may be single or double, and are smaller and more flat than floribunda blooms, in general. They were derived from Rosa rugosa. Not usually grafted.

    These are usually based on old English roses, and are developed to stay around 24" or lower. Grown on their own roots in general.

    Branched resinous hairs on the sepals give off pleasant odors when rubbed. These are usually small to mid-sized open shrubs. Often grafted.

    These are popular enough that they have their own listing here. They are shorter, tidy shrubs, bred for low maintenance landscaping. They are disease resistant, self deadheading, and grow in less than optimal soil. The flowers can be double or single, and are borne in clusters. Grown on their own roots.

    These are older, double, flat roses, with long, flexible canes and a sprwling habit. The flowers are full of petals, wider than high, and very fragrant. Often grafted.

    Rangy, semi-climbing shrubs with large, repeat blooming flowers on strong, canes. The thorns are often less fierce on these roses. They're usually grown on their own roots. The flowers are double, flat and fragrant.

It's a complicated matter! Probably best to start in a different place than the moss/china stuff, so begin with a general, broad classification. Ask yourself is it a hybrid tea (pointed buds, usually repeat flowering, mostly a bush), is it a floribunda (carries its flowers in trusses with several blooms open at one time in each truss, mostly a bush), is it a climber (long, stiff stems, usually repeat flowering) or a rambler (long pliable stems, smaller flowers than a climber held in trusses, flowering all at once, non repeating, usually). Then there's the Miniatures and Shrub roses - shrub roses are somewhere between hybrid tea and floribunda, usually making quite large shrubs - miniatures usually reach around 15 inches. Groundcover roses, as the name suggests, are usually around a foot high, but have a wide spread.

If you can decide which of these groups the rose you're looking at falls into, then you're on the way to possibly making an ID, when other features such as thorniness, shape and colour of thorns, foliage colour, glossiness of leaf, shape, colour and prickliness of hips, shape of flower, shape of individual petals (frilled, ruffled, plain, reflexed), number of petals (single, semi double, full double, very full double) and, obviously, colour and fragrance need to be assessed.

Even then, its possible to come across a rose that no one recognises, particularly if its an old variety that's fallen out of fashion. And sometimes it's harder to tell if a rose has been produced as a 'standard' on a long stem because you don't know what shape it makes as a plant without the long stem. There are also roses which have a bush version and a climbing version - and old example would be Cecile Brunner, Climbing, a large (20 feet high and wide) climbing china rose there's a bush version that's quite dainty, making 2.5 x 2.5 feet.

Whether or not a rose is a damask, china or moss rose might be something you can establish once you've ID'd the plant, if that's important to you.