Flowering Dogwood

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) made a bold statement on a dreary overcast day.

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The flowers aren’t what they appear to be.

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The white “petals” aren’t petals. They’re bracts, which are modified leaves.

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The buds of the actual flowers crowd together in the center of the bracts.

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Two tiny flowers bloom in this cluster of buds.

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 A different vantage point of the flower cluster.

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Polinated flowers produce fruits that are called drupes. Many bird species and mammals eat the fruit.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful photos!

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  2. Posted by Therese on May 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    You outdid yourself, Deer Sister! Wow! Absolutely fascinating and GORGEOUS!!!! You are sooooo cool!

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  3. Posted by Margaret Collins on May 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Beautiful, and informational.

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  4. That’s a beautiful tree. Is it natural or was it planted?

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  5. Lovely. One of my favorite memories is seeing flowering dogwood peeking through the green on a rainy Tennessee afternoon.

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  6. I’m glad to learn about another plant with flowers surrounded by what we’re inclined to mistake for petals but that actually aren’t.

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