Hairs on hoary mullein leaf

Hairs on hoary mullein leaf

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Caption: Macrophotograph of leaf hairs on the surface of the hoary mullein Verbascum pulverulentum. This is a perennial herbaceous wild plant, which grows in France, Germany & England. The dense covering of stellate leaf hairs are typical of plants (alpine) exposed to strong light & drying winds. They serve a biological function for the leaf by limiting transpiration & reducing surface temperature. The density of the hairs lends the leaf a white appearance. It is held that the hairs were scrapped from the leaves, rolled like cotton & used as wicks in the lamps of the neolithic flint miners at Grimes Graves, Norfolk. Mag: X1 (35mm size).

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Keywords: botany, hoary mullein, leaf, leaf hair, leaves, nature, plant, plants, verbascum pulverulentum, wick

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