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Photographer: © David Swann (Gallery)Premier Member! Click for more info..(22nd October 2014)
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Ormskirk, Lancashire

This teasel, or, to give it its Sunday name, Dipsacus fullonum, was taken at a wetland centre near Ormskirk, Lancashire. It is a herbaceous biennial plant which can grow quite tall. It is easily recognized with its prickly stem and leaves and the band of small purple flowers which appear on the head (usually in July and August). The seeds mature in autumn and are an important food source for some birds, especially goldfinch. Teasel has been used in the processing of textiles as a comb for raising the nap on fabrics such as wool. It is also grown as an ornamental plant and the sculptural head makes it a favourite with flower arrangers.

A picture of: Ormskirk, Lancashire ( More pictures of Ormskirk by David Swann )

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Comment by Anthony Ladds(22nd October 2014)

fantastic detail David

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Comment by Krys Bailey(22nd October 2014)

How lovely! I usually have only seen these as dried out seeds! Very colourful!

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Comment by rustyruth(22nd October 2014)

Excellent image David. Lovely colour and detail.

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Comment by Dave John(22nd October 2014)

Superb shot David, really pin sharp if you will excuse the pun!

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Comment by Vince Hawthorn(22nd October 2014)

Everyone has already said it all, well taken David.

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Comment by Martin Humphreys(26th October 2014)

A great, crisp, colourful shot David

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Comment by Colin Jones(29th October 2014)

Superb shot very sharp well done

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