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Euphrasia stricta

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Euphrasia stricta (Stijve ogentroost (BE) / Eyebright (EN) / Steifer Augentrost (DE) / Euphraise raide (FR) ) is a hemiparasitic plant of the Scrophulariaceae family. This small half parasite deducts water and salts to grasses. It prefers moist, calcareous sand to grow. Due to loss of habitat is has become a rare plant in Belgium. The plant has been used to cure different eye-diseases. That is why the common name in most languages refer to "eye". But I would say you definitely need good eyes to see all the little details in the flower ....

Image: Lanaye (BE) - 09/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Your image show the detail of the flower beautifully, great macro

22 Aug 2010 10:07am

@Christine: Thank you, Christine. Can these be found in your area too ?

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooie scherptediepte, waardoor alle ogen gericht zijn op de voorste bloem!!

22 Aug 2010 1:33pm

@Mascha: Hopelijk vinden alle ogen dan ook de nodige troost ... Bedankt voor je lovende commentaar alweer, Mascha.

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

prachtige DOF, de bloem trekt alle aandacht en steekt af tegen een mooie achtergrond. Wat een mooie bloem, zou ze eens van nog dichterbij willen zien.

22 Aug 2010 6:13pm

@Joke: Dan ben ik dus geheel in mijn bedoeling gelukt met deze foto ... Heb je zo nog nooit in het echt gezien? Moet je bij gelegenheid maar een keertje meelopen ... (en een goede loepe meenemen). De bloempjes doen hun naam zeker alle eer aan !
Bedankt voor je fijne commentaar, Joke !

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

belle image de cette plante ,johan ,jolies details !
amitiés !

22 Aug 2010 8:43pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much, Marc. Greetz !

Don Levesque from New Brunswick, Canada

Beautiful colours and DOF. Bravo!

22 Aug 2010 10:24pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much again, Don !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Eyebright is a lovely name for this delicate flower. Beautiful shot!

23 Aug 2010 3:34pm

@Marilla: Some common names are indeed very good chosen to fit a species.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice focus and detail. Another interesting plant!

25 Aug 2010 1:52am

@Julie Brown: Back to the roots for me ... Till about a year ago I almost only made plant-images :-) Just have to try not to forget those skills now :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm