Flower bud of the dandelion

Flower bud of the dandelion

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

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dandelion flower bud (1st of 8 images). Close- up of the flower bud of the dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. The bud contains many tiny flowers called florets enclosed within a protective double layer of bracts (green). Characteristically the inner bracts (at upper centre) are erect, while the outer ones (in lower frame) are curved backwards. Dandelions are short perennial plants which grow in grassy areas and waste ground, and flower mainly between April and June. See photos B539/035-042 for the sequence of development from flower bud to seed dispersal.

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Keywords: angiosperm, angiosperms, asteraceae, botany, bract, bud, compositae, dandelion, nature, plant, taraxacum officinale

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