Dipsacus (weeds)

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Dipsacus fullonum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Danny Steven S.
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Dipsacus (weeds) L. - (teasel)

This genus of herbs contains around 30 species that are native to Europe, temperate parts of Asia and northern Africa. Dipsacus fullonum and D. laciniatus have spread to the Americas where they are invasive and agricultural weeds. The species can grow to a height of 2 m. The stems are spiny, often also the midribs of the leaves. The inflorescences are egg-shaped and develop at the end of the stems. The fruits are nut-like.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: