Thursday, September 04, 2008

Capitulum

The aster family's inflorescences are called "capitula." Sunflowers, daisies, dandilions--their "flowers" are really clusters of little flowers, each one making its own little seed, except for the "petals," ("ray flowers") which children use for divination. "He loves me, he loves me not...."

"Capitulum" is "little head" in Latin. (This innocent observation will probably attract all sorts of nasty spam.) After several weeks of learning about all sorts of new computer skills, my own head is very tired, and needs to spend more time among the late summer asters.

4 comments:

The Tile Lady said...

How lovely to find your blog this morning! I am a mountain-lover and have decided in my mid-life to tackle the study of horticulture and botany--something I have wanted to do for years. So, your sweet daisy photograph was much enjoyed, but also I loved your botanical explanation for it (and for the tomato) I'll be visiting again! Come by and see my two blogs as well.

Reya Mellicker said...

They do look like little heads. Thank you for this. I never knew dandelions were part of that family of flowers.

I love dandelions.

Larry said...

A new word for me! Thanks, Rebecca. This is indeed the season for Compositae.

Rebecca Clayton said...

Gotta love those Compositae!