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Dipsacus fullonum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 October 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Dipsacus fullonum (NL: Grote kaardebol, Wilde kaardebol / EN: Fuller’s teasel, Wild teasel / DE: Wilde Karde / FR: Cardère sauvage, Cabaret des oiseaux, Cardère à foulon, Bonnetier sauvage) is a herbaceous biennial plants growing to 1– 2.5 metres. The genus name is derived from the word for thirst and refers to the cup-like formation made where sessile leaves merge at the stem. Rain water can collect in this receptacle; this may perform the function of preventing sap-sucking insects such as aphids from climbing the stem. A recent experiment has shown that adding dead insects to these cups increases the seedset of teasels (but not their height), implying partial carnivory. It is native to Eurasia and North Africa, but it is known in the Americas, southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand as an introduced species and often a noxious weed. The species (mostly in cultivated form) was formerly widely used in textile processing, providing a natural comb for cleaning, aligning and raising the nap on fabrics, particularly wool.

Image: Viroinval (BE) – 11/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

This is an incredible capture, just excellent !

10 Oct 2012 6:32am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

It's an explosion of color!

10 Oct 2012 1:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


10 Oct 2012 10:10pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!
so beautiful colors & details!

10 Oct 2012 10:50pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm