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Post-flowering specimen. When the flower head dries, the petals and stamens drop off and the bracts curve backwards. The parachute ball then opens into a full sphere. When development is complete, the mature seeds are attached to white, fluffy "parachutes" which easily detach from the seed-head and glide by wind to disperse.
North American. Photographed in central Georgia.
Canon 80D, Canon 70-300mm lens