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.


14 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful photos!


  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!


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

    Beautiful, and informational.



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


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


  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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