How does a dandelion flower actually turn into a puff?

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It саn even happen overnight, bυt hοw ԁοеѕ іt work? Dο thе flowers јυѕt die аnԁ shrivel up аnԁ thе puffy раrt grows?

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  1. Brigitte H on March 18th, 2009 1:04 am

    Each flower head of dandelions consists of hundreds of tiny ray flowers. These miniaturized flowers have either 4 or 5 stamens (male parts), and the anthers of these stamens are actually fused together to form a cylinder around the style (central column) of the pistil (female part). The style passes up through the anther-cylinder and is topped by 2 stigmata. The ovule itself is to find below the petals and sepals of the florets.
    When the female parts ( stigmata ) are pollinated by insects, ( bumblebee e.g.), the pollen tubes grow down to the ovaries, fertilize them and the tiny seeds ripen overnight. The parachutes are actually the sepals of florets, which following fertilization dry up and remain attached to the new seed, allowing it to be blown away.

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