The hoary mullein

The hoary mullein

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Caption: The hoary mullein Verbascum pulverulentum, a perennial herbaceous wild plant, seen here flowering in summer on Buxton heath, Norfolk. The leaves carry a dense covering of stellate leaf hairs, which are typical of plants (particularly 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/grey 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.

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

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