Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lesser Burdock

Lesser Burdock
Arctium minus
So you're going along and you see a plant and decide that it's Burdock and you think you're pretty smart and satisfied that you can add another plant to your list, but then you flip through a field guide and find out that the taxonomists just weren't happy with it and decided to make up two kinds of Burdock in Indiana, Lesser and Greater.

They're practically indistinguishable.  Rather than trying to describe the differences on this blog, here's a link that has a very detailed description.

Lesser Burdock has hollow stems, Greater does not
The flower petals of Lesser Burdock stick out beyond the bracts, Greater does not

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