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Acanthus mollis (bear's breech)

Synonyms: Acanthus latifolius; Acanthus lusitanicus; Acanthus mollis subsp. platyphyllus; Acanthus spinosissimus; Acanthus spinulosus

Wikipedia Abstract

Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear's breeches, sea dock, bearsfoot or oyster plant, is a herbaceous perennial plant with an underground rhizome in the genus Acanthus. It is regarded as an invasive species in some jurisdictions.
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Invasive Species

Acanthus mollis is a dicotyledon herb that has a tall inflorescence - up to 2 m high. It is cultivated for ornamental reasons and often grows in the wild as a garden escape. A. mollis is native to southern Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, the Mediterranean islands, Turkey, Syria and the Canary Islands.
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Height [3]  3.9 feet (1.2 m)
Width [3]  24 inches (0.6 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Bees
Structure [2]  Shrub
Usage [3]  The sub-species A. mollis latifolia makes a good ground cover plant; Relatively slow to cover the ground at first but it can eventually become invasive;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Exmoor Heaths 26455 England, United Kingdom
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Lands End and Cape Bank 74557 England, United Kingdom  
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Parco Del Somma-Vesuvio e Miglio D'Oro National Park II 33648 Italy
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone 84204 England, United Kingdom  

Emblem of



Phenacoccus madeirensis (Mexican mealybug)[4]
Rastrococcus invadens (Mango mealybug)[4]


Parasitized by 
Golovinomyces orontii[5]




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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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