Today's photo is the backside of a dandelion head that has gone to seed. I took this shot because I thought it would be interesting to see a photo from a different perspective and I wasn't disappointed. I also liked the white seed umbrellas against the grey background, enhancing its soft, fluffy appearance.
What Makes the Fluffy Seed Head?
Dandelion seeds are designed for wind dispersal. The tiny seeds in the center of the puffy ball are attached to the base of the flower. A thin, umbrella-like structure connects the seed to the fluffy hairs on the end. When a gust of wind contacts the seed head the tiny hairs work like an parachute and take flight carrying the dandelion seed with them. They float in the wind until they touchdown and germinate to create a new dandelion plant.
How Did It Get the Name Dandelion Clock?
The dandelion seed head is also known as a dandelion clock. It got this name from the ancient legend that if you blow on the seed head to blow away the seeds the number of seeds that remain represent the number of years you have left to live.
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