Echizenshirakki

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    Echizenshirakki @ National Museum of Japanese History 'Botanical Garden'

Basic information

Flower Name
Echizenshirakki
Formal Name
Arctium lappa
Alias
Arctium lappa, Leaf Burdock
Habitat
Japan from Siberia
Morph
overgrowth

Comment

What is Echizenshirakki

Leaf Burdock or Echizen shirakk Burdock (scientific name: Arctium lappa) is an overgrowth of the Asteraceae family of burdocks that was brought to Japan from Siberia in the Heian period. It is a leafy burdock with edible roots, leaves, and stems, and is considered a traditional vegetable of Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. It is a short-rooted species with short roots and unusual white stems. The stems are pickled in salt, the leaves are used in tempura, soaked or tsukudani, and the small roots are edible as burdock. The stems grow in the spring after the second year from sowing and produce several white tubular flowers in the summer by forming a head flower at the top of the stem or in the leaf axils. The involucral bracts are globular and the involucral pieces are hooked at the end and attach to animals.

Leaf Burdock, scientific name: Arctium lappa, nom de plume: Leaf Burdock, origin: Mediterranean, Western Asia, China, leaf shape: heart-shaped, leaf diameter: 20 cm, stem length: 30-50 cm, grass height (leaf to root tip length): 50-80 cm, leaf stem color: green, flower color: white, inflorescence. Inflorescence head, inflorescence diameter: 3.5-4.5 cm; flowering season: June to August; season: early March to late May; early November to late December; uses: all plants are vegetables, roots and seeds are medicinal.

Detailed information

Order
Asterales
Family
Asteraceae
Genus
Arctium
Species
A. lappa
Flower type
Actinomorphic Flower
Flower array
Solitary Inflorescence
Petal shape
capitate corolla
Leaf type
Cordate
Leaf edge
Entire Fringe
Flowering place
Specific area
Color
White
Season
JunJulAug
Height
50 ~ 80 [cm]
Diameter
3.5 ~ 4.5

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