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Common Burdock

Arctium minus

Description:

HUGE leaves bigger than my head. Thin stems.

Habitat:

Forest

Notes:

It looked a bit like skunk cabbage at first, but it doesn't stink!

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Common Burdock
Arctium minus Arctium minus


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5 Comments

isabellaedoyle
isabellaedoyle 7 years ago

The roots are used for rat bites and disinfecting the wound. (I only know it works on cats.)

isabellaedoyle
isabellaedoyle 7 years ago

Oh! OK.

Although the leaves look similar and it is sometimes known as "wild rhubarb," burdock is not actually a close relative of rhubarb. The long taproot is edible but the leaves are toxic!

isabellaedoyle
isabellaedoyle 7 years ago

DespinaTsafetopoulou: I was thinking it might be Rhubarb. Those pictures don't look like it, but I think it is anyway.

Looks like Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum). Could you check
http://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/speci...

isabellaedoyle
Spotted by
isabellaedoyle

Richfield, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2013
Submitted on May 28, 2013

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