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Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)


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A slender wiry, much branched plant. It has pale yellow rather insignificant flower-heads, that open only for part of the day and not at all in bad weather. The flower-heads are ringed by a bract. The fruits are brown ribbed and curved but without the crown of hairs seen in other species. The upper leaves are broadly oval with with toothed margins and short stalks. It flowers July to September and can be found on roadsides wasteground, hedges and wood margins. It is a tall plant (up to 1m). Picture taken 30th June 2006 near Bedford.

1st Jul 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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