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Bristly Ox-Tongue

Bristly ox-tongue (Picris echioides), an awesomely prickly plant, much more so than the spiny sow thistle (Sonchus asper) that I originally thought it must be.  Really awkward to hold still in a wind when you are trying to photograph it.

A quick search of Google Images suggests that the reddish colour in the petals is unusual, they are normally pure yellow.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-09-06.

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