Seeds attached to a half-empty dandelion

Seeds attached to a half-empty dandelion

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Caption: Dandelion seeds. Macrophotograph of the parachuted seeds of the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) attached to the plant's seed head, or "clock". Here, some of the seeds have been blown off, leaving the bare head exposed. Each individual seed, of which there can be up to 400 on any one clock, is topped by a fine parachute of hairs (the pappus), which allows the seeds to be borne great distances by the wind. The dandelion is a common plant of grassland and meadows, and can be a serious weed in gardens. Magnification: x1.4 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: botany, dandelio, dandelion, nature, of dandelion, pappus, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, seed, seed-head, seeds, structure, taraxacum officinale, type, wind dispersal

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