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goatsbeard

[gohts-beerd] /ˈgoʊtsˌbɪərd/
noun
1.
any of several composite plants of the genus Tragopogon, especially T. pratensis, having yellow flower heads.
2.
a plant, Aruncus dioicus, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and long, slender spikes of small white flowers.
Origin of goatsbeard
1570-1580
1570-80; goat + -'s1 + beard
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  • The goatsbeard or Salsify bears large purple flower-heads with yellow centers at the tips of stiff, straight stems, 2-4 ft. tall.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • The name “goatsbeard” refer to the clusters of stiff hairy fruits.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Drooping hemlocks, festooned with goatsbeard lichen, keep the spot in cool, somber gloom even on the hottest midday.

    Glacier National Park [Montana] United States Dept. of the Interior
  • The flowers of the goatsbeard have the curious habit of closing at midday, even when the sun is shining.

British Dictionary definitions for goatsbeard

goatsbeard

/ˈɡəʊtsˌbɪəd/
noun
1.
Also called Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon. a Eurasian plant, Tragopogon pratensis, with woolly stems and large heads of yellow rayed flowers surrounded by large green bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
an American rosaceous plant, Aruncus sylvester, with long spikes of small white flowers
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