Sunday, March 20, 2016

Chicory for you and me

Photo © Gene Spesard

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) is in the Sunflower (aka Aster, fka Composite) family. Picture the 'classic' sunflower with the giant seed head. Each of the seeds was grown from an individual flower.

Photo © Marty Horowitz

Desert Chicory is composed of many ray (petal) flowers. If you look closely at these photos, you'll note that each petal is actually 5 fused petals. (Count the 'teeth' at the end.) If you were to pull a petal, you'd see that it's connected to reproductive parts of its own. How about that?

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