Oct. 6, 2018

Nodding beggar-jewels

In this shot you can see the shiny bracts that cover the unopened buds in the center of nodding beggar-ticks flower heads.  This image doesn't really do them justice.  They can be even shinier and more golden, giving an effect very much like a jewel surrounded by opened flowers.

Many species of beggar-ticks have heads with only the small center flowers.  But those species will occasionally have some ray flowers.  Those rays may be few, small and irregular.  In contrast, nodding beggar-ticks typically has regularly-spaced large and showy rays.  But the heads may sometimes not have the rays, showing us only the small center flowers.