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Description:This 2006 scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image highlighted the morphologic features depicted by the central green colored cluster of unerupted flower buds of a dogwood blossom, Cornus florida. Upon initial inspection, people will mistake the "bracts", or modified protective leaves, which encase this cluster, for the flower's petals. However, the actual florwer petals are extremely small and delicate, and will erupt from these clustered rounded buds.
The specimen from which these micrographic images were obtained was found on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs in the month of April. The floral elements seem to bud from newly developing branches. In the Decatur area, the dogwood trees are quite abundant, some displaying white bracts, while others displaying bracts of pink.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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