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Salsify Seeds

Salsify Seeds

There are some gigantic dandelion-like seed pods out here that caught my eye.  It turns out they are Salsify.  Also known as oyster root.  I have a couple of these growing in my back yard that sprung up on their own, of which I’ll have to try and eat once they mature.  This image was taken out in Rancho San Antonio Park and was a bit rushed, but cool nonetheless.


10 responses

  1. Yes, I agree, VERY cool! It almost looks like an aged dandelion…like ‘Grandpa Dandelion’ with very defined spokes that have wispy, web-like hairs. Nice macro, Sean! 🙂

    May 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

  2. absurdoldbird

    Parts of it look like a cactus with spread-out needles.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

  3. Very cool Sean! Parts of it (the whispy white stuff) remind me of water splashing back up after a drop hit a puddle.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  4. Going for another bulk reply since I’m super short on time today. 🙂

    Tracy, yeah, it does look older.. It is also more of a golden color all around when compared to dandelion. It’s also about 2x-3x the diameter as well. Thanks!

    Val, I didn’t see the cactus bit until you mentioned it. It is from a thistle looking flower (which is pretty cool on its own), so I can see the cactus.

    Michaela, very interesting take on it. I should try and play with just that look more. Maybe mess around with it and a few drops of water.. hmmmm the possibilities! Now you’ve got me thinking. 🙂

    Thanks all!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm

  5. Kicks my dandelion shot’s ASS! Very nice.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

  6. That sure does look like one giant dandelion… Very nicely captured Sean..

    May 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

  7. aswirly

    This is VERY cool. Looks so sci fi! Great color and detail.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    • Thanks, Amber! These little invaders hopefully will turn into something good on the dinner table soon. 🙂

      May 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

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