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Dogwood Family: Cornaceae

These flowers are not what you think! The showy cream, white, or pinkish petals are actually modified leaves and the “real” flowers are tiny and clustered in the center of the whorl of modified leaves, or bracts. Members of this family include dogwoods and bunchberries and, sometimes, depending upon the classification system, tupelos.

 

 

 

 

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