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Importance

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.

 

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