The parts that looks like white petals are known as inner involucral bracts, a special kind of leaf that protects the collection of yellow flowers in the middle. The purple peeking out from behind are the outer involucral bracts from when the flower first buds. Native to Australia, these flowers prefer dry areas like their home.
The characteristic wings of this fruit are actually evolved sepals, and they work to carry the seeds on the wind. If dropped from a high place, they spin around and around as they fall. A tree native to the American tropics, it uses its sap to feed ants, inviting them to live on it and protect it from predators.
Catch the flow