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Echinacea Twilight is the third new coneflower in the Big Sky series. Rose petals surround a unique red cone. 24" high, Twilight is also heavily branched and fragrant.
The most evident characteristic of Asteraceae, where this plant is belong to is perhaps their inflorescence: a specialised capitulum, technically called a calathid or calathidium, but generally referred to as flower head or, alternatively, simply capitulum. The capitulum is a contracted raceme composed of numerous individual sessile flowers, called the florets, all sharing the same receptacle. The capitulum of the Asteraceae has evolved many characteristics that make it look superficially like a single flower. This type of flower-like inflorescence is fairly widespread amongst angiosperms, and has been given the name of pseudanthia. A typical Asteraceae flower head (here Bidens torta) showing the individual flowers. Many bracts form an involucre under the basis of the capitulum; these are called “phyllaries”, or “involucral bracts”. They may simulate the sepals of the pseudanthium. These are mostly herbaceous but can also be brightly coloured (e.g. Helichrysum) or have a scarious texture. The bracts can be free or fused, and arranged in one to many rows, overlapping like the tiles of a roof (imbricate) or not (this variation is important in identification of tribes and genera). Each floret may itself be subtended by a bract, called a “palea” or “receptacular bract”. These bracts as a group are often called “chaff”. The presence or absence of these bracts, their distribution on the receptacle, and their size and shape are all important diagnostic characteristics for genera and tribes.


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Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago

    true flower-power!!! :)

  • Thanks my dear. Very much appreciated

    – loiteke

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 4 years ago

    Wow! This is just gorgeous, Meeli. Brilliant capture. Agnes xx

  • Thanks again Agnes.

    – loiteke

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Lori so much

    – loiteke

  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful macro Meeli!

  • Thanks my friend.

    – loiteke

  • Shelby  Stalnaker Bortone
    Shelby Stalna...about 4 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Thanks for the comment. Stop by more often please

    – loiteke

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    Wow, what an awesome capture of this beautiful flower Meeli

  • Thanks for the comment. Stop by more often please

    – loiteke

  • Hilton Luckey
    Hilton Luckeyabout 4 years ago

    Great work

  • Thanks for the comment. Stop by more often please

    – loiteke

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Bravo Meeli…!!Fabulous work…!!!

  • – loiteke

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 4 years ago

    Great capture.
    Congratulations on your feature!
    (I just saw it announced in the activity feed.)

  • – loiteke

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

  • – loiteke

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