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Who knows the Figworts? (1 Viewer)

kolibri2

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These are growing on the banks of the Rhine River in Düsseldorf, Germany. My wife has a programme on her mobile telephone for identifying wild plants: Flora incognita. Sometimes it takes a wrong turning but generally it can be useful, especially for a beginner. This programme stated that this plant is Schrophularia californica. I've had absolutely no experience with S. californica. Does anybody know the plant, please? Could this be this species? Thanks in advance for the help. The plant certainly has squared-off stems but I wouldn't say it is particularly winged, which would make me think of Water Figwort.
 

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Looks ok for water figwort, including winged stems and leaflets at base of leaves. Doesn't look terribly like photos that I Google of that American thing (e.g. stems of that species look rounded). Flora Incognita is pretty good in my experience, so I don't know why it should give you an American thing in preference to one that's far more likely - unless you didn't give it the location. Obviously I can't guarantee that there is nothing else in your vicinity that would also look like water figwort. If you're into AI, the other one that's good is iNaturalist.
 
Looks ok for water figwort, including winged stems and leaflets at base of leaves. Doesn't look terribly like photos that I Google of that American thing (e.g. stems of that species look rounded). Flora Incognita is pretty good in my experience, so I don't know why it should give you an American thing in preference to one that's far more likely - unless you didn't give it the location. Obviously I can't guarantee that there is nothing else in your vicinity that would also look like water figwort. If you're into AI, the other one that's good is iNaturalist.
Many thanks Butty for your help. Most interesting for me is the fact that you are happy that this plant is winged enough for Water Figwort. With the leaflets at the base of the leaves, I was happy with this species with exception of the winged aspect. You know the family far better than I do and if you are content with this then so am I. It certainly was close to water. Great to have your help.
 
Scrophularia nodosa given the leaves. S. auriculata has a small pair of leaves like ears at the base of the main leaf and are not squared off like yours. Hope that helps.
 
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