Friday, January 13, 2012

just like dandelions!


The last flower left from Christmas was this Gerbera daisy.  I kept it all alone in a vase because it was so stunning by itself.  But the petals had finally begun to droop, so I pulled them off, and then watched in amazement as the seeds expanded their wings in slow motion and prepared to take off!


The fluffy structure is called a pappus; the seed is in the ovary just below.   All flowers in the Asteraceae family have compound flowers made up of two types, discs and rays.  The disc flowers are clustered together at the center of the flower and the rays have one long colorful petal and are arranged around the disk flowers.  My explanation is lacking, but here is a good diagram.


The intense red of these petals is still so pretty I don't want to throw them away just yet. I will scatter them over the bowl of Christmas I told you about yesterday and enjoy them for just a while longer.

~*~


10 comments:

  1. They are really beautiful! I would want to hang on to them too.

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  2. Świetny pomysł i pięknie to wygląda. Pozdrawiam

    Great idea and it looks beautiful :-). Yours

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  3. So pretty! I love how red the petals remained as it aged. What a great photo of the seeds with their fluffy wings.

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  4. How beautiful the petals are! You captured their beauty in these photos...such a lovely deep red.

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  5. Very pretty. Great information, too. I wonder if you could sow those seeds!

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  6. Lovely, lovely, and you captured the details so beautifully!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea

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  7. Lovely, lovely, and you captured the details so beautifully!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea

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  8. Wow! I will never toss a Gerbera daisy again until I see this amazing sight.

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  9. Who knew? Love these photos.

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  10. Love the deep red colour. Such great detail of the seeds. You must have a very good camera.

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