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Fuller's Teasel Dipsacus is a genus of flowering plant in the family Dipsacaceae. The members of this genus are known as teasel or teazel or teazle. The genus includes about 15 species of tall herbaceous biennial plants (rarely short-lived perennial plants) growing to 1–2.5 metres (3.3–8.2 ft) tall. The genus name is derived from the word for thirst and refers to the cup-like formation made where sessile leaves merge at the stem. Rain water can collect in this receptacle; this may perform the function of preventing sap-sucking insects such as aphids from climbing the stem. A recent experiment has shown that adding dead insects to these cups increases the seedset of teasels (but not their height), implying partial carnivory. Dipsacus fullonum,Fullers Teasel,Plant,flora,floral,nature Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Fuller's Teasel

Dipsacus is a genus of flowering plant in the family Dipsacaceae. The members of this genus are known as teasel or teazel or teazle. The genus includes about 15 species of tall herbaceous biennial plants (rarely short-lived perennial plants) growing to 1–2.5 metres (3.3–8.2 ft) tall. The genus name is derived from the word for thirst and refers to the cup-like formation made where sessile leaves merge at the stem. Rain water can collect in this receptacle; this may perform the function of preventing sap-sucking insects such as aphids from climbing the stem. A recent experiment has shown that adding dead insects to these cups increases the seedset of teasels (but not their height), implying partial carnivory.

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  1. This(le) a nice shot! I just placed a thistle shot too:) How is life, Scott, all well I hope (or well enough)?
    It is cold over here in Holland, though the sun is appreciated today with its rays warming up the temperature.
    Fascinating little plants, these thistles, aren't they? Prickly too.

    Aboon the English Rose In Scotland grows a warlike flower, <br />
Too rough to bloom in lady's bower; <br />
His crest. when high the soldier bears, <br />
And spurs his courser on the spears. <br />
O there it blossoms - there it blows <br />
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.<br />
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(part of a poem named 'Aboon the rose' by Allan Cunningham [1784-1842]) Canon  EF12mm II,Cotton Thistle,Geotagged,Onopordum acanthium,The Netherlands,macro,soligor 12mm,soligor 20mm,soligor 36mm


    Ludo
    Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
    1. Hi Ludo,
      I'm obviously not Scott :)
      The reason why I reply to this post is to clear things up. The confusion is partly my fault, because I didn't change the description after identifying the species last night (I could hardly keep my eyes open by that time...). Apart from the prickles, thistles and teasels don't have much in common. They belong to different families.
      Posted 6 years ago

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''Dipsacus fullonum'', syn. ''Dipsacus sylvestris'', is a species of flowering plant known by the common names Fuller's teasel and wild teasel. It is native to Eurasia and North Africa, but it is known in the Americas, southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand as an introduced species and often a noxious weed. The inflorescence is a cylindrical array of lavender flowers which dries to a cone of spine-tipped hard bracts. It may be 10 centimeters long. ''D. fullonum'' is the wild form of Fuller's.. more

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