Stalin's revenge?

Fred Ryan fjryan at
Sat Jul 23 15:27:36 EST 1994

There was a short piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday, July
24, describing a weed spreading through Poland and eastern Europe. It has
large umbrella shaped leaves, some sort of thorns or at least irritating
hairs, and is noted in the paper as being the product of a breeding program
in the USSR during the Stalin era, hence the name. Can anyone identify this

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