Verbascum

03 October 2020
The (squashed) plant featured on this print is a herbarium example of a common mullein. A herbarium is a collection of dried plants stored for research purposes, a bit like a biological library. This is a widespread plant native to Europe, Africa and Asia and introduced to the Americas and Australia where it thrives in man-made environments. Its distinctive yellow spires of flowers often emerging from pavements, agricultural fields, motorway verges and other places where it's not supposed to be. Apparently you can use the soft, felty leaves as toilet paper.

These Verbascum were collected on July 16 1949, probably from a carpark somewhere.