SMALL TEASEL

Dipsacus pilosus

Teasel Family [Dipsacaceae]  

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8brown
morph
morph8hemizygo
petals
petalsZ4
type
typeZclustered
type
typeZglobed
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
stem
stem8spines stem8thorns
contact
contactZlowish

17th Aug 2007, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
Much less frequent than Wild Teasel and at 1.5m only half the potential height. Leaves oblong, the upper narrower.


30th Aug 2005, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
The flower heads are glubular and extremely spiny, as are the thin stems.


30th Aug 2005, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
Flowers burst open from bulbous beginnings.


17th Aug 2007, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
Flowers have four white petals and four white stamens with brown/black anthers atop. The white petals are not radially symmetric; the lower petal bends down forming a lip.


17th Aug 2007, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
Birds-eye view. Petals have fallen off from the topmost parts, leaving the fruiting-head to develop.


30th Aug 2005, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
The spines on the fruit are sharp and hairy. Hairs directed outwards and upwards at c.45°.


30th Aug 2005, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
The sharp spines on the fruit (and flowerhead) are right-angled for stiffness. Hairs transparent.


17th Aug 2007, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell. Photo: © RWD
The leaves often have a pair of leaflets at their base.


Slight resemblance to : the flower heads of a Globe Thistle, but Globe Thistles tend to have much larger heads, and are a different colour.

Similar to: Wild Teasel, Cut-leaved Teasel and Yellow Teasel. which all belong in the same Genus, Dipsacus.

Inhabits damper woods, hedge-banks and sides of streams, and in the above case, a derelict canal.


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Distribution
family8Teasel family8Dipsacacaea

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Dipsacus
(Teasels)

SMALL TEASEL

Dipsacus pilosus

Teasel Family [Dipsacaceae]  

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