“Like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring” – Kahlil Gibran

One of the coldest February months in history is about to end but it shouldn’t keep us from dreaming our hearts wishes…A gallery of spring flower seeds, which all bear elaiosomes; some are still dreaming under the snow or in my fridge, some have started to germinate.

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The variety of elaiosome shapes and structures is simply mesmerizing when seen up-close. From barely seen in Claytonia (Spring beauty) to the ‘Mohican-style crest’ in Stylophorum (Wood poppy) and snail body-like in Sanguinaria (Bloodroot) – this is nature’s imagination at its best!

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    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      They can be such a great source of inspiration ;)
      My D. tatsienense is up and growing! – I am going to a spring show so I did an early sowing for few species (I soaked the seeds for one day and they germinated in one week).
      I have gone over all the info, looked very well at the capsules images and now I’m 95% sure it is tatsienense.

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