What flower is this? It has fuzz on it and is a wildflower, the petals are shiny and remind me of moths' wings, and they look a little whiter than they do in the picture. This is for biology, and...

What flower is this? It has fuzz on it and is a wildflower, the petals are shiny and remind me of moths' wings, and they look a little whiter than they do in the picture. This is for biology, and anything helps. I need a place to start, a species name would be perfered but a starting place is okay too.

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The flower in the picture you've attached looks like Hypericum Perforatum, which belongs to Malpigiales order, Hypericaceae family and Hypericum genus.

This flowering plant is used as medicinal plant in treating depression, having also anti-inflammatory properties. Hypericum Perforatum, being an invasive species, is spread all over the world from Europe to the United States.

The plant's name, Hypericum, comes from the Greek words hyper, which is translated above, and eikon, which is translated as icon. The word perforatum is suggested by the aspect given by the dots on leaves, produced by oil glands located in the leaves. The plant is recommended to be harvested around the 24th of June.

If large doses of Hypericum Perforatum are administered, the risk of poisoning is highly increased. It is also recommended not to be associated with other drugs, because of the risk of severe interactions.

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