The Hawthorn flower in close-up. In botanical terms, it would be considered a ‘perfect flower’ (1) as it has male and female parts: multiple stamens and a single stigma. I’m not – yet – sure whether it would be considered a ‘complete flower’ as such a flower should have, in addition to male and female parts, petals and a calyx (sepals or the green parts which cover the bud). It – obviously – has petals but there’s no evidence of a calyx. I stand to be corrected here.
Although I’m interested in the botanical aspect, I also think it’s a beautiful flower.
Can you see some Rolling Stones classic iconography in the photograph? Or is it just my imagination…….?
(1) Source: http://www.kew.org/ksheets/pdfs/b4flower.pdf