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Winter Queen

St-Barthélemy , Québec , Canada .


Queen Anne's lace


Wild carrot is introduced and naturalised in North America, where it is often known as "Queen Anne's lace". It is so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace. The function of the tiny red flower, coloured by anthocyanin, is to attract insects.

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Taken on February 28, 2007