Sunday, 7 September 2014

Composite flower developing

We previously looked at the parts of a composite flower, and in this page we're going to look at the development of the same flower. 

This photo shows the immature flower in close-up. As you can see the miniature flowers in the centre are maturing at different rates. The outer flowers are already mature, but the central flowers are still immature, with the male organs apparent, but the female organs still hidden. 

Immature flower of Osteospermum 'Tresco Purple'

This flower (below) is slightly more mature, and all of the tiny flowers in the centre have reached maturity, so that all of the female organs are all clearly visible.

Mature flower of Osteospermum 'Tresco Purple'

This developmental sequence is rather similar to that seen in the previous post "Guess what's going to be!"