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Close-up I decided to get close to this sunflower that my mother planted earlier in the spring. I wanted to get a picture that showed some of the many little flowers that make up the sunflower. I found it interesting that even the petals are each their own flower; They are called Ray Florets. Helianthus annuus,Sunflower Click/tap to enlarge

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I decided to get close to this sunflower that my mother planted earlier in the spring. I wanted to get a picture that showed some of the many little flowers that make up the sunflower. I found it interesting that even the petals are each their own flower; They are called Ray Florets.

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''Helianthus annuus'', the common sunflower, is a large annual forb of the genus ''Helianthus'' grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. This sunflower species is also used as wild bird food, as livestock forage , in some industrial applications, and as an ornamental in domestic gardens. The plant was first domesticated in the Americas. Wild ''Helianthus annuus'' is a widely branched annual plant with many flower heads. The domestic sunflower, however, often possesses only a single.. more

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Uploaded Apr 3, 2014. Captured Jun 21, 2012 07:31.
  • FinePix AX300
  • f/3.3
  • 1/111s
  • ISO200
  • 5.9mm