Anatomy of a Dandelion

June 22nd, 2010         2 comments

A Dandelion

Ah, the common dandelion. Everyone can recognize it, but I doubt most people have really looked closely at it. I never did until I took this shot of a nice fresh one. I thought they were like miniature mums, but Wikipedia tells me that the flower head you are seeing (above) is actually composed of many small flowers called florets. What surprised me when looking at the flower on my large monitor are all of the tiny spaghetti-like threads around the petals. I don’t know if they are pistols and/or stamins or something else. Below is a portion of the flower with the color altered and contrast enhanced just so you can see the squiggles amid the petals.

Dandelion Close Up

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  • Yes, they are much maligned, and we poison our atmosphere, neighborhoods and groundwater in an effort to eradicate them. The problem is they spread and their beauty is fleeting at best, after which they turn into those nasty puffs of seeds that make me sneeze. Still better than the poison. – D

  • DougPete says:

    Besides, you can make wine and salads out of the young shoots!

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