Dipsacus‎ species- Tidworth, London


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.
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.