Hello Helianthus

Helianthus

I love sunflowers and their fabulous Fibonaccity. I have spent an enjoyable time looking at pictures of them- my own are few and far between.

The sunflower’s disk is especially impressive, with its smaller ray florets. (Thank you, StinkBreath!)

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(By StinkBreathOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42466401)

Here is another one showing the disc florets, where they look like tiny churros, sprinkled with pollen icing. Spot the larva in the centre.

Here are two I found on BibliOdyssey, one fanciful, one fine:

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Then I searched for another one I had seen in an old book displayed in an Oxford Museum and came across a great collection on plantillustrations.org! Here is one I liked particularly:

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And here is BlurryfaceMcBlurryFaceFace (#TheInternetNamesThings). It cares what you think:

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Yay for  The Sunflower that Roared!

Last, but not least: the wearable Sunflower, Helianthus.

 

 

Wild Gardenia

wildekatjiepiering The fragrant, exquisite Wild gardenia, Rothmannia capensis (wildekatjiepiering, which translates as wildcat-saucer) has the miaowsical ability to make you feel happy! Or confused, if you are a kitty trying to lap up that creamy milk. Then you’d have a sick cat.  My cats have never tried to ingest the toxic flowers.

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It also makes an attractive seed pod.(Thanks, Mom!)

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Rothmannia capensis Thunb. Date 1803 Source Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 18: t. 690 (1803) [as Gardenia rothmannia L.f.] Author Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819) via Wikipedia, PD