Friday, August 26, 2016

Now for some fruits!

As readers of this blog know, I am wont to write (and say): "The fruit is the thing with the seed(s)." Today's photos (by the always amazing Ned Harris) show fruits of widely varying types.

Photos by Ned Harris 8/17/2016

Buckbrush (Ceanothus fendleri) (155) fruits are (more or less) triangular red berries. Flowers were present on this plant at the same time. They're the tiny white things you see in clusters.

Yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius) (55) fruits look like dandelion fruits. Indeed, these plants are in the same family (Aster). If you are able, take a closer look at the fruits. The seed is the dark thin part at the base of the "parachute." These seeds are wind dispersed, of course; the parachute allows each seed to drift away from the parent plant and is as dainty and as beautiful as a spider web.

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