Bracteate flowers of Handkerchief Tree

Bracteate flowers of Handkerchief Tree

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The white flower petals of the Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata) are called bracts. They are modified leaves that often form a flower like structure. Inside the two white bracts, the flower stamen is a purplish sphere with an pistil at its center. This Chinese tree has become a popular ornamental tree in Europe and the USA. Westonbirt Arboretum, UK

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Keywords: biology, bracteate, bracteates, bracteolate, bracts, china, davidia involucrata, dove tree, flowers, ghost tree, handkerchief tree, modified leaf, ornamental, petals, stamen, structure, tree, uk, westonbirt arboretum

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