WILD TEASEL Dipsacus fullonum (Dipsacaceae) Height to 2m<br />
Biennial of damp and disturbed grassland on heavy soils. Stems are angled, with sharp prickles on the angles. FLOWERS are pinkish purple and carried in egg-shaped heads, 6-8cm long, adorned with numerous spiny bracts; borne on tall stems (Jul-Aug). FRUITS are dry, papery and borne in the dry flower heads; popular with Goldfinches. LEAVES are spine-coated and appear as rosettes in the 1st year; in 2nd year, these die back and stem leaves are opposite and joined at the base, the resulting cup collecting water. STATUS-Widespread and common in the S; scarce or absent elsewhere.
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WILD TEASEL Dipsacus fullonum (Dipsacaceae) Height to 2m
Biennial of damp and disturbed grassland on heavy soils. Stems are angled, with sharp prickles on the angles. FLOWERS are pinkish purple and carried in egg-shaped heads, 6-8cm long, adorned with numerous spiny bracts; borne on tall stems (Jul-Aug). FRUITS are dry, papery and borne in the dry flower heads; popular with Goldfinches. LEAVES are spine-coated and appear as rosettes in the 1st year; in 2nd year, these die back and stem leaves are opposite and joined at the base, the resulting cup collecting water. STATUS-Widespread and common in the S; scarce or absent elsewhere.

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Date: 1 Jul 2013
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