Thursday, July 09, 2015

Moth Mullein

This beauty has appeared at the same spot for the last few years. Have close zoom in on the flower photo to see the sticky glandular hairs, the decurrent fixed lower anthers and filaments coated with fine purple hairs. Moth Mullein, Verbascum blattaria is introduced from Europe and occasionally naturalised. V. virgatum is very similar, but usually has more than one flower per axil, has shorter flower stalks (petioles) and is more stickily hairy. 
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