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Arctium minus, Lappa minor,
Lesser burdock, Burweed, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb

Scientific name:  Arctium minus (Hill) Bernh.
Synonym name:  Lappa minor Hill
Common name:   Lesser burdock, Burweed, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb
Family:  Asteraceae / Compositae, Sunflower family

Arctium minus, Lappa minor, Lesser burdock, Burweed, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb

Life form:  Biennial
Stems:  20–40 in.(50–100 cm) tall, branching, rough, short-haired
Leaves:  Alternate, large, heart-shaped base, on stalks getting shorter toward the top
Inflorescence:  Clusters of short stalked or stalkless heads
Flowers:   Capitula ray-florets lacking, disc florets reddish violet, tubular; bracts (phyllaries) with hooks curving inward
Fruits / pods:  Achenes; long, compressed, with short pappuses
Flowering Period:  July, August, September, October
Habitat:   Roadsides, disturbed sites

Arctium minus, Lappa minor, Lesser burdock, Burweed, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb


Derivation of the botanical name:
Arctium, Greek arction, the name of a plant taken from arctos, "bear," because of the rough involucre
minus, smaller.
Lappa, maybe from old Celtic llap, hand, or to grab; for the hooks on the fruits.
minor
  • The standard author abbreviation Hill is used to indicate John Hill (1714 – 1775),, an English author and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Bernh. is used to indicate Johann Jakob Bernhardi (1774 - 1850), a German doctor and botanist.

Arctium minus, Lappa minor, Lesser burdock, Burweed, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb


 
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