Amsinckia micrantha

Common fiddleneck, Tarweed


Native to North America, and member of the Borage family. Named fiddleneck as the way the flowering stem curls over the top suggests the head of a violin (see picture 4). Plants can grow to a height of 90 cms. Found in East Anglia particularly in spring sown crops such as sugar beet.

Fiddleneck - young1. Very distinctive bi-lobed cotyledons
Fiddleneck - young plant2. Leaves stiffly hairy, lanceolate 4 – 5 cms long and 1cm wide
Fiddleneck - close-up flower3. Small yellow flowers 2 mm wide and 3 mm in length. The flowers have 5 petals fused at the base.
Fiddleneck - individual4. Flowering stem shaped like the head of a violin (hence 'fiddleneck').
Fiddleneck - dense5. Dense population in a sugar beet crop.