Seed dispersal of a dandelion flower

Seed dispersal of a dandelion flower

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Credit: ADAM HART-DAVIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Head of a dandelion (Taraxacum) flower after seed formation & at the start of seed dispersal by wind. Each individual seed is attached to a parachute of fine hairs, which is lifted from the composite flower head & carried by the wind to a new location. The fine hairs may attach to the fur of passing animals or human clothing & be carried to a new location.

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Keywords: botany, compositae, dandelion, flower, head, nature, parachute, parachute seed, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, seed, seedhead, structure, taraxacum sp., wind dispersal

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