(First upload on Sept. 3 2009. Last on August 28 2012) [ 日本語 | English ]

Verbascum thapsus L.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Verbascum L. (モウズイカ)
Biroudomouzuika (ビロードモウズイカ, 天鵞絨毛蕊花)/Niwatabako (ニワタバコ, 庭煙草)/Ainutabako (アイヌタバコ), common mullein
Lifeform: weedy biennial forb up to 2 m high
Distribution: Native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia (exotic to Japan)
Habitat: disturbed sites, e.g., roadside

Field training on integrated environmental research (統合環境調査法実習) (fauna and flora 種リスト)

HUSTEP: Plants and Plant communities in Japan (flora list)
Nature in the eco-campus of HU - introduction to botany (北大エコキャンパスの自然 - 植物学入門)

Seedbank: long-term persistent
ssp. thapsus: type, widespread
ssp. crassifolium (Lam.) Murb.: mainly Mediterranean
ssp. giganteum (Willk.) Nyman: Spain (endemic)

Verbascum thapsus in Hokkaido

[1] along a paved road in N13/E2, North Ward, Sapporo, on September 30 2020. [2] a erect shoot with flowers at Usu Memorial Park at the foot of Mount Kompira on Sept. 9 2009. [3] a grassland dominated by V. thapsus at an unpaved parking lot on July 3 2012. Most plants were V. thapsus. Records: a rosette in the north campus of HU on August 31 2009.
[4] close-up of flowwers. [5] close-up of inflorescences. [6] an individual. [4-6] at N14/E4, Norht Ward, Sapporo, on June 29 2010.