A series of images, showing this beautiful seedhead as it starts to break open, until it has dispersed its seeds. I cut this twig and brought it home with me, wanting to see/photograph its development. These images were taken over a period of two days.
Gomphocarpus fruticosus is otherwise known as the bristly-fruited silkweed, a very tall plant with a much-branched stem and white flowers (which I have never seen!). It is found in damp places and gullies, cultivated for decorative purposes, and in the past the silky hairs attached to the seeds were used as down.
Flowers and plants
Close-up and macro
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