Orange sunflowers in a field with a moody gray sky behind
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:39.8 MB (2 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:3440 x 4040 px | 29.1 x 34.2 cm | 11.5 x 13.5 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:8 August 2010
Location:Leigh, Lancashire, England, UK
The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head), and its name is derived from the flower's shape and image, which is often used to capture the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves, and circular flower heads. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base. From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fibre which may be used in paper production.