Parachutes

How do the yellow petals of a dandelion transform into those white puffy seed parachutes?

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October 07, 2014 1:54AM

The petals are actually a fringe around a head composed of lots of tiny little flowers. The fringe wilts downward and the papus develops around each little flower in the center. The flower closes and when the sun is strong enough to dry the papus the seeds will disperse.