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Thumb of 2015-11-25/ZenMan/aeea17@ZenMan submitted this image in the Plant Macros (Closeups) category of the The 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

ZenMan added a caption:Exotic zinnia detail.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Dec 8, 2015 5:45 AM CST
Great color
I voted for this photo and was curious what flower it was,
saw your caption never would have thought zinnia.
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all else is just existing.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Dec 8, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Yes I too was surprised to read the caption! How pretty
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Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Dec 8, 2015 3:22 PM CST
Hi Cinda and Greg, Welcome!

I am glad you guys liked the photo. I have been breeding zinnias, strictly for fun as an amateur, for the last several years. As I have mentioned elsewhere, botanically any part of a plant that can produce a seed is defined to be a flower. Therefore, each zinnia petal is botanically a flower, even though regular zinnia petals don't look much like a flower.

So, one of my "for fun" goals is to make individual zinnia petals look more like flowers. A few years ago I found a zinnia mutation with tubes for petals, instead of the usual "flat" appendages. So I crossed it extensively with other zinnia that I had, and then used the technique of genetic recombination to get variations on that tubular theme.

Of course, there are disadvantages to having zinnia petals be tubes. For one thing, the colored surface in on the inside of the tube, which can give the zinnia bloom a rather "dumb" look, like this early form. (As usual at ATP, you can see a larger version by clicking on the picture.)
Thumb of 2015-12-08/ZenMan/9e2cf6
So I began working toward improving the tubular petals, to add a little flare and "interest" to the petal ends.
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And then I worked to give the tubes some curve, and improve the flare-out at the tube ends.
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Those were early steps. I am continuing on my quest to transform zinnia petals into petal flowers instead of flower petals.

ZM
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 8, 2015 3:57 PM CST
Wow thanks how very cool!! Love the pictures of the process
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Dec 8, 2015 4:21 PM CST
Very interesting endeavor and results! Thanks for sharing that with us ZenMan! Smiling
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 8, 2015 4:24 PM CST
I'm impressed!! Thanks for running is through that. Thumbs up
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Dec 8, 2015 4:43 PM CST
I have been watching your transformation/process over in the annuals forum.
Very interesting
Maybe some day we will be buying your seeds for our gardens.
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Name: della
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dellac
Dec 8, 2015 5:07 PM CST
Compliments, ZenMan - on your photography and your skills as a breeder. You know what you're doing and the results are lovely!
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Dec 8, 2015 5:23 PM CST
Wild ZenMan! petal flowers!
looking forward to seeing more nodding

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