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Fuller's Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum


Also known as a Wild Teasel. Teasels are easily identified with their prickly stem and leaves, and the inflorescence of purple, dark pink or lavender flowers that form a head on the end of the stem(s). The inflorescence is ovoid, 4–10 centimetres (1.6–3.9 in) long and 3–5 centimetres (1.2–2.0 in) broad, with a basal whorl of spiny bracts. The first flowers begin opening in a belt around the middle of the spherical or oval flowerhead, and then open sequentially toward the top and bottom, forming two narrow belts as the flowering progresses. The dried head persists afterwards, with the small (4–6 millimetres (0.16–0.24 in)) seeds maturing in mid autumn


Near a marsh in a deciduous forest. Penitentiary Glen, Lake Metro Parks, Lake County, Kirtland, OH USA.

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fuller's teasel
Dipsacus fullonum Dipsacus fullonum

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Phil_S 7 years ago

Thank you, Suzanne and Leuba!

Phil_S 7 years ago

Thank you for the ID, AnnaWhipkey!

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Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Interesting. Features of many plants put together - nice spotting, Phil !

suzmonk 7 years ago

Interesting structure ...

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Kirtland, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Aug 5, 2013
Submitted on Aug 8, 2013

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