Burr adhering to a knitted jumper

Burr adhering to a knitted jumper

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: An unidentified burr adhering to a knitted jumper. A burr is a type of seed head which is surrounded by prickly hooked bracts (modified leaves). These stick to the fur of passing animals and are carried away to colonise new territories.

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Keywords: botany, burr, dispersal, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, prick, prickly, pricks, reproduction, reproductive, seed, seed-head, structure

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