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I was asking myself what is this?
I had to stop and get a shot of this. Almost looks like a cactus, don't it? What's it doing in the Hudson Highlands?

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BobSmithName.

BobSmith

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Not sure what the official name for that is. But in the South it's often referred to as "mulleis". The leaves are, indeed, hairy.
Posted Nov 23, 2006 1:35 pm

Romuald KosinaProbably...

Romuald Kosina

Voted 10/10

Probably Verbascum, but without determination of the species.
Cheers!!!
Romek
Posted Nov 23, 2006 7:41 pm

TLPRe: Probably...

TLP

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thanks Romuald!
Posted Nov 23, 2006 9:00 pm

Dmitry Prusswhat it so cactus-like about it?

Dmitry Pruss

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The leaves are velvety and fun to touch, we always refer to it by its Russian herbal medicine name, Bear's Ear, isn't it a fitting name?
There is no shortage of nice American folk names for Verbascum spp. too: Adam's Flannel, Blanket-leaf, Bullock's Lungwort, Candlewick, Feltwort, Flannel Weed, Goosegrass, Hag Taper, Hare's-beard, Indian Tobacco, Lamb's-tongue, Old Man' Flannel...
Posted Nov 25, 2006 11:13 pm

Romuald KosinaRe: what it so cactus-like about it?

Romuald Kosina

Voted 10/10

Hello!!! Finally we agreed that it is some Verbascum named also mullein. Only in the subfamily Peireskioideae belonging to Cactaceae normal leaves were developed - I hope this remark will be useful for the author of the above photo. :-)
Cheers!!!
Romek
Posted Nov 26, 2006 1:49 pm

birdnyMullen

birdny

Voted 8/10

Its a Common Mullen from the looks of it. Believe it or not there are Prickley Pear Cactus in some locations in the Hudson Higlands. I havent found one yet, but books say they are there!
Posted Nov 25, 2006 6:40 pm

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