A story in a single photograph – dandelion pollination

Close-up photograph of a dandelion flower

A close-up photograph of a dandelion flower reveals the strange strategy of dandelion pollination. Each “flower” is actually a composite of hundreds of individual flowers.  Each has a single petal but its own set of male and female parts and produces its own nectar and pollen.  Early flowering dandelions are a magnet for early flying bees but if the weather’s poor and there are no insects about how does it get pollinated?

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