A live flower growing out of a dead flower

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by Julian Penrod, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. Julian Penrod

    Julian Penrod New Member

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    West Caldwell, New Jersey
    My wife and I live in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The other day, we noticed, in a row of zinnias we have growing by the front door of our house, one where a full live blossom seems to have sprouted from the top of a dead blossom. We had never seen anything like this before and wanted to share the picture.

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Pretty neat little error! I guess a little bit of the tissue that initiates flowerhead development was left over after the first one was produced, and it took a while for enough hormone to be built up (or disappear, I suspect it is built up though) for it to reinitiate flowerhead development again.

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