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Column: Mystery Plant -- Philly flower?
John Nelson
John Nelson
All the “composites,” or members of the sunflower family (or aster family, if you prefer) have their tiny, reduced flowers arranged in compact heads, and each head is called a “capitulum.” Before the capitulum opens, a series of bracts surrounds it, much like the sepals surround a flower bud before it opens up. When it blooms, the head will thus have this series of bracts all tucked down at the bottom, revealing the tiny flowers above.