5-Minute Dahlia botanical

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Parker Fountain pen and Black Quink Ink sketch and watercolour in Moleskine sketch-book
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I often do a quick 5-minute exercise to stimulate the brain and to stop me fiddling (I’m great at fiddling!) and encourage looseness.
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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 5cm (2in) diameter or up to 30cm (1ft) (“dinner plate”). This great variety results from dahlias being octoploids—that is, they have eight sets of homologous chromosomes, whereas most plants have only two. In addition, dahlias also contain many transposons—genetic pieces that move from place to place upon an allele—which contributes to their manifesting such great diversity.


29th October 2015 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
15th December 2015 – FEATURED in “Artistry Group”

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