One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey! Does anyone recognize this… thing?

Mystery #42

Back later for your guesses!

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This is the dried seed head of a Teasel plant, a Dipsacus species, we’re not sure which. They grow in old fields, which we hardly have any around our suburban area, so this photo comes form one of our field correspondents out in western Virginia.

field of teasel

Teasels, as you see, can take over a field. These seed heads, are called combs because they used to be used in the textile industry to comb wool to clean and straighten its fibers. The flowers only form the second year of the plant’s growth.

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