Seeds lifting off a dandelion

Seeds lifting off a dandelion

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dandelion seeds. Macrophotograph of a parachuted seed leaving the seed head (or "clock") of the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). 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 is a serious weed in gardens. Magnification: x1.6 at 35mm size.

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

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