Guestblogging today is UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research’s data technician, Eric La Fountaine. Eric also scanned these seeds. – Daniel.
Although they look somewhat like deep sea creatures, the objects in this scan from the John Davidson Seed Collection at UBC Botanical Garden are the seeds of a popular garden annual, Centaurea cyanus. Its common names include bachelor’s button and cornflower. This species easily escapes from gardens and is a widely spread naturalized weed in North America, to the point of being classified as an invasive in some jurisdictions. However, in the United Kingdom where it reaches the northern limits of its native distribution, the species is considered endangered!