TG3106 : Sunflower head

taken 1 year ago, near to Surlingham, Norfolk, Great Britain

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Sunflower head
Sunflower head
Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link.

The term "sunflower" is used to refer to all plants of the genus Helianthus; the term is derived from Helios, who was the Greek god of the sun. Sunflowers originate from the Americas from where they were introduced to Europe in the 16th century and primarily used as a decorative plant until the mid-1900s, since when they are being cultivated in Russia as an oil crop. The stem of some varieties can grow as high as 3 metres, and the flower head can reach 30 cm in diameter.

Sunflower seeds can be eaten raw, cooked, roasted, or dried and ground for use in bread or cakes, and the seeds and the roasted seed shells can be used as a coffee substitute. The oil extracted from the plant is used for cooking and soap making. The flower is said to yield a yellow dye.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3172 0692 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.6355N 1:25.2665E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3174 0692
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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