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Plant left behind rag (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

teasel

Here is my best explanation:

'plant' is the definition.

(teasel is a kind of plant)

'left behind rag' is the subsidiary indication.

'left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation).

'behind' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'rag' becomes 'tease' (teasing is a kind of ragging**).

'l' after 'tease' is 'teasel'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for teasel that I've seen before include "Herb with prickly flower heads -- elates (anag)", "Elates (anag.)", "Plant with spiny purple flower heads", "it helps us to nap", "Prickly wild plant", "Prickly plant (S, not Z)", "Prickly plant - elates (anag)", "Sat eel up on the herb", "Plant with prickly flower heads" and "Tall prickly plant".)

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