Arctium

Burdock
Villtakjas 2008.jpg
Arctium tomentosum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Carduoideae
Tribe: Cardueae
Subtribe: Arctiinae
Genus: Arctium
L. 1753 not Lam. 1779
Synonyms[1]
  • Anura (Juz.) Tschern.
  • Arcium Rupr.
  • Arcion Bubani
  • Bardana Hill
  • Lappa Tourn. ex Scop.

Arctium is a genus of biennial plants commonly known as burdock, family Asteraceae.[2] Native to Europe and Asia, several species have been widely introduced worldwide.[3] Burdock's clinging properties, in addition to providing an excellent mechanism for seed dispersal, led to the invention of the hook and loop fastener.

  1. ^ "Global Compositae Checklist". Archived from the original on 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 2: 816
  3. ^ "Arctium". Flora of North America. Retrieved 4 January 2008.