I was expecting to see get_stylesheet_uri() called somewhere in the default header.php file for the default themes (2012-14), but anything like it is missing, which has me wondering how the reference is added.

The default theme headers have something like this:

    <meta charset="<?php bloginfo( 'charset' ); ?>">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
    <title><?php wp_title( '|', true, 'right' ); ?></title>
    <link rel="profile" href="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
    <link rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo( 'pingback_url' ); ?>">
    <!--[if lt IE 9]>
    <script src="<?php echo get_template_directory_uri(); ?>/js/html5.js"></script>
    <?php wp_head(); ?>

Looking at the source for the themes, shows a proper link to the stylesheet in the header, so, how does it get there?

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The stylesheet is registered and enqueued by a function called twentyfourteen_scripts() in the theme's functions.php. Callbacks hooked into the style loader/dependency system will be echoed on the wp_head action in the wp_head() function.

Which, by the way, is how you should be loading your own stylesheets. There is a similar system for scripts.

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