Emerging dandelion flower

Emerging dandelion flower

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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


Caption: Emerging dandelion flower (2nd of 8 images). Close-up of the flower head of a dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, emerging from the bud. The dandelion flower head is formed from many tiny yellow flowers called florets that are protected in the bud within a double layer of bracts (green). Characteristically the inner bracts (at centre) are erect, while the outer ones (at lower centre) 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, emerging, flower, nature, plant, taraxacum officinale, type

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