Photographer's Note

Took this photo of a fading dandelion at my home in Omaha, Nebraska. A little info on the dandelion ...

Dandelion flowers open primarily during daylight hours, and their multiple florets enclose the male and female reproductive parts. Once pollination by bees or other insects has taken place, each fertilized floret produces a seed called an achene. Each seed pushes up through the floret and develops a feathery filament called a pappus. When viewed collectively on the dandelion's seed head, the filaments look like a white puff ball. At this point, the slightest breeze dislodges the seeds, also called parachutes, often dispersing them to great distances away from the original plant. If the seeds land in a spot that meets all its growing needs, it will develop into a new dandelion plant.

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