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There are two sub species of this plant but I was unable to split them.  These buds will stick to anyone with natural fibred clothing and are used in various ceremonies such that in South Queensferry, Midlothian, Scotland. The "Burry" man picks the sticky buds and covers himself from head to toe in them. He then walks around the town in the company of attendants receiving a drink from all the pubs. The ceremony is very old and possibly of Pagan origin but no-one really knows what its significance is.

This plant is found throughout the British Isles and Ireland.

Field near Llanarmon-yn-ial, North wales 10th July 2008

Added on 21st October 2004, updated 9th October 2008, updated 27th Feb 2010

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