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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Teasel, Purple (Dipsacus sylvestris) -
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(Teasel, Purple - 1)  Teasel, a native of Europe, was planted in the United States for its commercial value.  Its dried heads were used in processing wool.  Teasel are thistle-like in appearance, but actually belong to their own family, Teasel (Dipsacaceae).

 

 

 

(Teasel, Purple - 2)  The spines of the teasel grow between each of the individual flowers that make up the head of the teasel.  This is easier to see on the top of this teasel head where the flowers are still in their bud stage.  Thorns can also be seen on the lower portion of the sepal (the thin green leaf-like structure extending upward from the base of the flowering head).

 

 

 

 

 

(Teasel, Purple - 3)  This is a close up view of a portion of one of the teasel flowering heads.  Each of the irregular tubular flowers of the teasel is about 1/2 inch long and has a four-lobed corolla (open end of the flower) formed by its four petals.  Each flower has four stamens and one pistil.

 

 

(Teasel, Purple - 3a)  This little spider has come to visit the teasel.  In this enlargement we also get a closer look at the anthers on top of each of the four stamens in each flower. 

 

 

 

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