Burdock, Common (Arctium mimus)Burdock, Common (Arctium mimus)
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Burdock, Common (Arctium mimus) - 01a

Burdock, Common (Arctium mimus) - 01a
(Burdock, Common (Arctium mimus) - 01a) Once the flowers of the common burdock have been pollinated, they begin to dry up and fade away, as this one has.  As the seeds mature, the hooked bracts also dry and harden, and the connection to the plant becomes brittle, so that when the hooked bracts catch in the fur of an animal or on clothing, the seed pod will break away and spread the seeds elsewhere.  The hooked bracts of the burdock inspired George de Mestral, the Swiss engineer who invented Velcro, a mechanical fastening material, in 1948.
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