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Evolution Blooms
Photograph by Rosamond Purcell

Pressed Vireya rhododendron blossoms, like all flowers, are the product of a remarkable transition in plant evolution, from pine-like, flowerless gymnosperms to an exquisite array of flowering plants. Genetic studies have shown that ancient genes, also found in gymnosperms, map out a flower's complex form before the blossom emerges. Evolutionary changes in those genes—and mutations in duplicates of those genes—led to an explosion of flower diversity.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D50
Format: Digital
Lens: 60mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/5 @ f/20
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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