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Verbascum pulverulentum, Pecetto, Italy

Observed: 22nd June 2012 By: martinjohnbishopmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Five anthers all reniform with white hairs; stigma capitate; cauline leaves not decurrent on stems

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hoary Mullein (Verbascum pulverulentum) interacts

Comments

lavateraguy's picture

It doesn't look like Verbascum thapsus to me.

In particular I'm used to seeing Verbascum thapsus with the flowering stem completely covered with sessile flowers, and with a less branched inflorescence.

martinjohnbishop's picture

Good point

This is a difficult genus! Perhaps the stigma is not really capitate?

lavateraguy's picture

I agree (about the difficulty)

Verbascum thapsus is perhaps easy enough (depending on how many rarer species I would overlook as that), but of my 7 observations of other species I've only managed to identify 4, and one of those was Verbascum phoeniceum.

bioimages2000's picture

not V. densiflorum

V. densiflorum doesn't have a capitate stigma but the photos clearly show that this one did have. Agreed it doesn't look like V. thapsus either. Don't know what other unfamiliar Verbascum species they might have in Italy.

martinjohnbishop's picture

I misinterpreted the anthers

There are five much the same.
Martin