Dandelion flower, Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion flower, Taraxacum officinale

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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 (3rd of 8 images). Close-up of the flower head of a dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. The dandelion flower head is formed from many tiny yellow flowers, or florets, attached to its centre. Surrounding the florets is a layer of erect inner bracts (green, at centre), which protected them in the bud. The other outer bract layer is at lower centre. 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, compositae, dandelion, flower, nature, plant, taraxacum officinale, type

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