I’ve noticed a tendency in a few species of the composite family (Asteraceae) for flower heads to open asymmetrically. One such species is the Maximilian sunflower, and another is goldeneye (Viguiera dentata). Here’s a closeup of a goldeneye flower head showing how far advanced one ray flower was compared to all the others.
This photograph is from Arboretum Blvd. in Austin on December 4. The post’s title is a hybrid (English-Italian) takeoff on the classical Italian painting term chiaroscuro.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman