Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Use this forum for identification of plants and flowers found in the UK. To allow us to help provide accurate identification we need clear pictures of the whole plant, where it is growing and close up pictures of flowers, buds or seed heads if any available. It would also be useful to see pictures showing the leaf attached to the stem.
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beeclaire80
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Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Post by beeclaire80 » 21 Feb 2021, 16:16

Hi,

I can’t decide which this is. It’s growing in my lawn.

Thanks
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Nina
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Re: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Post by Nina » 23 Feb 2021, 09:14

Really sorry to be so late in responding! We were having a little work done on the website over the weekend, and it was only this morning that we got notification of posts that had come in between Saturday and today.

Hmm, I can't quite decide either, but I'm leaning towards Teasel because they tend to have a very pale or white mid rib running down the centre of the leaf, and yours has that (and the mid ribs of Bristly Oxtongue tend to be pinkish or greenish. Lin is very good on Bristly Oxtongue and I've asked her to have a look, but I do think those white mid-ribs indicate Teasel.

Nina

beeclaire80
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Re: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Post by beeclaire80 » 23 Feb 2021, 09:59

Hi Nina,

Thank you for looking!

Either way he’s enjoying it! 🤦🏼‍♀️

Claire

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