Purple (Dipsacus sylvestris)
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Teasel, Purple (Dipsacus sylvestris)
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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).
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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).
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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.
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