Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: May 16, 2018

Dandelion Seeds

Dandelion....intricate globe

by stringbean

Like so many familiar wild plants, the dandelion has a rich traditional history, most of it propitious. Country folk loved those golden mops of spring as harbingers of the months of warmth. Dandelions spoke of childhood and hope and were woven into spring wedding bouquets to bring good luck. To dream of dandelions promised a happy relationship.

Furthermore, the dandelion produces its seeds by apomixes- without the need for pollination - so every seed is genetically identical to the parent plant and reproduction is generous. Propagation would present no barriers, so, once the researchers had developed the ideal cultivar, the nature of the plant would take over.

The seedhead, that fascinating and intricate globe combining geometrical integrity with gossamer delicacy, held as much symbolism as the flower and, for our omen-ridden ancestors, blowing on the ripe structure offered choices when it came to interpreting how many of the little paratroopers departed.

Although widely regarded by gardeners and lawn-keepers as a perennial nuisance, the dandelion is said to add minerals and nitrogen to the soil, to bring nutrients to the surface for the benefit of shallow-rooted plants and to release ethylene to encourage fruit to ripen. Its golden mops, as intensely aureate as any cultivated flower, provide bees and other insects with nectar early in the flowering season. The plant feeds certain moth and butterfly larvae, such as the scarce pearl-bordered fritillary, and the seeds are valuable food for several lowland birds such as skylarks and buntings.
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Post Type Mixed Media Photography Mixed Media Some
Cropped, Light Room, Photo Shop, Topaz Studio, Glow
Macro Lens 105MM

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