COMMON FIDDLENECK

Amsinckia micrantha

(Formerly: Amsinckia intermedia)
Borage [Boraginaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZtrumpet
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
contact
contactZlowish

4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
Up to 20cm high, and looking a little like Bristly Oxtongue unless given a second look.


15th July 2011, Colchester. Photo: © Phil Brew
Looks more like a deep yellow version of Bugloss, but there doesn't seem to be one.


4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are covered in long straight white hairs, and wavy like Bugloss.


4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are typically trumpet-shaped like those of Butterfly-Bush or Bugloss, yellow and with five very short petals.


4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
It is said that the flowers are on the upper side of coiled spikes typical of the Borage Family, hence the name fiddleneck, but there seems no evidence of that here...


4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are wavy-edged, taper gradually to a point, and attach to the main stem without stalks.


4th April 2007, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan. Photo: © RWD
Stems round, slightly furrowed, and with the same long straight white hairs as the leaves.


6th June 2015, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The basal leaves.


6th June 2015, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Basal leaves close-up - note the pimples on the leaf where each hair comes from. They are not as prominent as those of Bristly Oxtongue (Helminthotheca echioides).


Easily mistaken for : Scarce Fiddleneck but that has yellow to orange flowers with hairy throats and is much scarcer than is Common Fiddleneck though that itself is pretty un-common despite its name.

Some similarities to : Bristly Oxtongue from afar because it has yellow flowers and bristly leaves and stems, but the flowers are of the flared-trumpet shape typical of Bugloss or Butterfly-Bush and not Dandelion type.

Can be mistaken for: Changing Forget-me-not but that has flowers that are less yellow, and some of them at least will be changing to a blue colour.

Not to be confused semantically with : Ferns (sometimes called fiddlenecks).

It grows on bare or disturbed land, usually in sandy soils or sometimes as an arable weed. It is poisonous to livestock, containing both pyrrolizidine alkaloids and nitrates (high levels of which it accumulates). Some people also find that the sharp needles are an irritant to the skin.


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Distribution
 family8Borage family8Boraginaceae

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genus8Amsinckia
Amsinckia
(Fiddlenecks)

COMMON FIDDLENECK

Amsinckia micrantha

(Formerly: Amsinckia intermedia)
Borage [Boraginaceae]

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