Thistle bud about to open

Thistle bud about to open

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This image is part of the sequence Flowers: Head of a Thistle flower opening and seeding
This image is part of the feature Flowers Of The Field

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thistle bud. (1st of 5 images) Close-up of the bud of the cotton thistle (Onoperdum acanthium) about to open into flower. The thistle is a tall plant with spiny leaves and stems. It is commonly found on waste ground and bare areas, preferring sandy soil. The flowers appear between July and September. See photos B539/030-034 for sequence of flower opening and seed formation.

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Keywords: about to open, angiosperm, angiosperms, asteraceae, botany, bud, compositae, flower, nature, onopordum acanthium, plant, thistle, type

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