Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beginning to End

Marty photographed this New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum) plant over the course of several weeks, from bud to post-seed dispersal. Thanks, Marty!

All photos by Marty Horowitz
Buds begin.

Flowers follow.

Fruits form. 

Generally, if the fruits look like dandelion fruits, the plant is in the Sunflower/Aster family. The dark things at the bottom of the fluffy stuff are the seeds. Yes, these are wind dispersed.

Seeds away!

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