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It appears that there is a degree of confusion when it comes to identifying burdocks and dock. So this is a photo guide to try to help with this problem πŸ™‚ So without further ado……

First up is a dock leaf

dock leaves

This one is a burdock leaf

burdocks

Here the two leaves are side by side, and you can see the difference in shape and texture between the dock leaf, on the left, and the burdock on the right.

dock and burdock

This shows the underside of the two leaves, and you can see that the dock leaf, on the left, is smoother with less prominent veins than the burdock.

dock and burdock

This is a close up of the underside of the burdock leaf – in addition to the very prominent veins, you can also make out the furry underside of the leaf, made up of little tiny “hairs”

burdocks

This is the dock growing as a whole plant

dock leaves

The whole dock plant showing the seed spire starting to develop

dock plant

And finally, this is one of the whole burdock plant – you can just make out the developing centre, which will grow and form branches with the characteristic burrs.

burdocks

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