West Highland Flora

Lesser Burdock


Arctium minus agg

Taxonomic note: Includes A minus ssp nemorosum, which is sometimes treated as a separate species, A nemorosum.  Plants in the north seem to fit this subspecies, those in the south of the area are more intermediate.

Arctium minus

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

Occasional in rough vegetation, roadsides or waste ground.

Flowerhead diameter c 3-4 cm including spines

ID: Unmistakable.  Lower leaves very large, not thistle-like or lobed.  Flowerhead surrounded by long stiff hooked spines which cling to clothing.

Other features: Leaves rather cottony beneath.  Flowers purple.  Biennial.  Dead plants often remain standing all winter with seedheads still on them or on the ground below.

 

Arctium minus

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye
Flower in lower left 2.5 cm tall including styles but not stalk

 

Arctium minus

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

 

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