Of all the flowers, it is really the Sunflower that captured my heart, especially this one. One very huge Sunflower. I am in love with this flower. Even when I was still in the Philippines, I have always wanted to see Sunflower, which is very rare in our country. Here in our place, they are all around, and mostly huge. This one in the picture is at our garden.
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are annual plants native to the Americas, that possess a large inflorescence (flowering head). What is usually called the flower is actually a head (formally composite flower) of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together. The outer florets are the sterile ray florets and can be yellow, maroon, orange, or other colors. The florets inside the circular head are called disc florets, which mature into what are traditionally called "sunflower seeds," but are actually the fruit (an achene) of the plant. The inedible husk is the wall of the fruit and the true seed lies within the kernel.