Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What we call "a flower" isn't always just a flower. Often, it's actually a mass of several, tens, or even hundreds of tiny flowers -- an inflorescence -- condensed until it looks like one unit, sometimes with extra "petals" formed from tissues that aren't flowers at all. Jack-in-the-pulpit, dandelions and daisies, and poinsettias are all good examples of this particular weirdness.

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