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Not Quite

When the flower has been fertilised it will close up into a bud again. After a few days it should open to reveal a large globe of fruiting seeds that comprise of feathery plumes known as pappus; each pappus is attached to a stem, known as a beak that joins the pappus to the seed. As this seedhead has Not Quite opened this would suggest it was deprived of a dry circulating airflow around its plumes or because of high humidity within the air. The result is a seedhead forming its last sculptural stance, unique motionless. This array of seeds shows the effects of how delicate the balance is within our atmosphere. This plays an important role in the development of the seedhead and whether or not the plant can disperse its seeds by wind. Exhibited in a wonderful group show at Tesion Gallery, SE16 8LP Genus: Asteraceae. Name of Plant: Tragopogon pratensis (common name Salsify) Material: Photograph hung with a clasp frame and glass marbles

Claire Mc Dermott

Claire Mc Dermott

Claire Mc Dermott

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