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Middle Eastern plant (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aster

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Here is my best explanation:

'plant' is the definition.

'middle eastern' is the wordplay.
'middle' says to take the centre.
The centre of 'eastern' is 'ASTER'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for aster that I've seen before include "Kind of daisy", "Flowering plant; tares (anag.)", "eg Michaelmas daisy", "Plant of Michaelmas daisy family", "Stare at pretty flower", "Garden flower", "Purple pink flowered plant", "Garden plant", "(Starlike) flower" and "It grows".)

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