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Mutant Flowers And Their Unusual Beauty

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Mutant plants are not as rare as you might think. It happens a lot with daisies it seems. Why this happens and what other mutants are out there?

A plant abnormality called fasciation causes fused daisies like the one above. Sometimes more than two are fused as you’ll see with a thistle plant below. Pyhllody causes the leafy growths we sometimes see coming out of a flower and Petalody is when petals grow where they aren’t supposed to grow, mostly out of their reproductive organs.

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These variations can be caused by a random genetic mutation, a physical injury like frost or a virus. Sometimes a parasite or pest can influence the development of the flower. These reasons may cause the flower to develop in unexpected ways but not all of them are scary beyond all reason.

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Mutant flowers are more common than you might think, and they can still have a beauty of their own.

Pictured here are several varieties of flowers that went spectacularly wrong, either developing in rather unusual forms or adopting shapes and colours that are nothing like they should be.

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Sometimes, the blooms will come out as double headed, or at least try to, and on these occasions, you could swear that the flower in question is actually smiling at you. It is not easy to explain how these anomalies occur, but when they do you can see some truly incredible sights. Multi-coloured blooms occur at times, when the pigment genes fail to influence all of the flower petals.

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