Brothers find 'mutant daisy' growing near their Herefordshire home

Ledbury Reporter: Joshua and Aiden with their 'mutant' daisy. Joshua and Aiden with their 'mutant' daisy.

THIS daisy certainly won't be winning any beauty competitions this spring.

The flower has been dubbed the 'mutant daisy' by the brothers who found it growing in a play area close to their home in Steen's Bridge, near Leominster.

Stoke Prior Primary School pupils Joshua Allen, aged 10, and his eight-year-old brother, Aiden, took the daisy home to show their parents and to try to shed more light on why it had grown the way it had.

Their mother Lisa said: "The boys are always bringing things home that they have found, usually with the intention of finding out what they are and thinking of alternate uses for them.

"They described the flower as a "mutant daisy", which to be honest could be true. We did some research on the internet but could not find anything out about why it would look like that.

"The boys now want to send the picture to the BBCs Countryfile, which they both enjoy watching."

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8:38am Wed 2 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

Err, what is the point of running a story about a mutant flower, referring to it in the article and then neglecting to include a picture of it.
I clicked on the link full of excitement at the prospect of a view of a freakishly deformed flower only to be disappointed at the dreadfully hammy quotes, which to be honest I doubt the provenance and accuracy of given the way they read, and the lack of a picture.
Please HT, you must do better. You are ruining my life with this poor quality journalism.
Err, what is the point of running a story about a mutant flower, referring to it in the article and then neglecting to include a picture of it. I clicked on the link full of excitement at the prospect of a view of a freakishly deformed flower only to be disappointed at the dreadfully hammy quotes, which to be honest I doubt the provenance and accuracy of given the way they read, and the lack of a picture. Please HT, you must do better. You are ruining my life with this poor quality journalism. mizza21
  • Score: -2

2:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Chocoholic2 says...

Looks like fasciation. Growing point (apical meristem) subject to change by several possible causes....hormonal, bacterial, viral. Makes the growing point elongate from its usual round shape.Sometimes plants with fasciation are selected as new varieties, such as Cockscomb (Celosia)...........
..........Ok, I'll get my coat!
Looks like fasciation. Growing point (apical meristem) subject to change by several possible causes....hormonal, bacterial, viral. Makes the growing point elongate from its usual round shape.Sometimes plants with fasciation are selected as new varieties, such as Cockscomb (Celosia)........... ..........Ok, I'll get my coat! Chocoholic2
  • Score: 10

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