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Seed of the Week: Dandelion

I'm surprised there were no guesses for mystery seed of the week, because it is a plant found throughout the world.

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Dandelion flowers are popular with insects. Can you spot a glimpse of an insect in this photo?

Although we think of the above structure as a single flower, it is actually a bunch of tiny flowers, leading to a cluster of seeds. Each seed has its own parachute.

dandelion-top

If you look closely, you can see numerous interesting hooks or barbs on the seeds.

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I have heard that the name dandelion comes from French, dent de lion, and means lion's teeth. The name refers to the sharply cut, jagged edges of the leaves.

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What do you think of dandelions?

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