Dipsacus‎ species- Tidworth, London

 
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SK1706 07 Jan 2019 : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Location: Tidworth, London 
Date: December 2018
Elevation: 109 m.
Habit : Wild

i was going to ask some questions, but saw its not going to yield any answers since it is sent by a friend. we will never know its height,
its basal rosette of leaves' pictures etc to make a ready diagnosis. given all that handicap. i still venture to say.
this is a dry thistle head. hairy / prickly stem seems to have angles, perhaps four of most likely a common Teasel we see in american midwest, 
a weed imported from Europe. favorite of  dry flower arrangements for fall decorations in home. Botanical name may be If WE had all the info: 
Dipsacus fullonum.
THIS COULD ALSO BE Dipsacus laciniatus, but we will never know for that distinction we need to see the leaves.
References: 
this site also has very apt pictures to id it in field 
Do you think your friends could be a liitle more enthusistic in taking pictures please?
oh i forgot to type above....
the final diagnosis should be: Dried flowering head of Common teasel, Dipsacus sp. not otherwise classified.

There are so many dipsacus which look similar in dry state. However, could it be Dipsacus fullonum ?
NO. After all these years of my trying to teach that in cases like this. its not prudent to try and nail down a species level diagnosis. it is what it is in the picture: Dried flowering head of Common teasel, Dipsacus sp. not otherwise classified. 

 



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