Before A Sunflower Opens

a sunflower head before it opens
Closeup of a sunflower head before it opens
Closeup of a sunflower head viewed from the side before it opens

I learned that sunflowers have two kinds of flowers. There are the tiny disk flowers in the big disk in the middle where the seeds are formed, and big yellow ray flowers.

Behind the petals there are the green bracts or phyllaries – the ones that look like dancers curving and twisting.

tinted black and white version of a sunflower head before it opens

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