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Gentianella germanica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gentianella germacia (syn.: Gentiana germanica) (Duitse gentiaan (BE) / Chiltern gentian (EN) / Deutscher Fransenenzian (DE) / Gentiane d'Allemagne (FR) ) is a 15-35 cm high flowering plant in the Gentianaceae family. In Belgium this species is on the red list mentioned very rare and endangered. The gentian is found in central Europe and most of Western Europe in grasslands, fens, prairies, meadows, pastures and sheep pastures at altitudes up to 2600 meters. It prefers loamy, calcareous soil. It flowers from August to November with lilac blue sometimes white flowers measuring 2 to 3.5 cm. There are usually 5 petals. The stem bears mostly multiple flowers. The flowers are pollinated by bees.

Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great composition

30 Aug 2010 6:40am

@Veronique: Thanks, Veronique.

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Very beautiful macro.Great colors and light.5*

30 Aug 2010 6:08pm

@Gina: Thanks for the appreciation, Gina. It is a beautiful species and seeing this color in the field is just wonderful.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Der Deutsche Fransenenzian ist mir bekannt und er ist bei uns auch regelmäßig zu sehen. Den Gewöhnlichen Fransenenzian haben wir noch nicht gesehen oder vielleicht auch nicht erkannt. LG Sonja

30 Aug 2010 8:02pm

@Loner: There is a remarkable difference in color between those two species, but I know there are a lot more blue colored members of the Gentinaceae in the alps. I remeber seeing many during my holidays with my parents in Switserland when I was a kid. Remarkebly they flowered in july while in Belgium this species only starts to flower last week of august. I expected flowering times just the opposite regarding the more dificult growing conditions in the mountains. Till now I just can't find a good explanation for that. Nature is always surprising ... Greetz !

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

zeer knappe macro

30 Aug 2010 9:16pm

@Joke: Dank je, Joke. Het is ook een mooie soort om in bloei te zien staan. Een erg ongebruikelijke kleur voor een wilde plant ...

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

This is gorgeous in color and detail - do you ever take a bad picture???

30 Aug 2010 10:33pm

@kitty: Thank you very much for the compliments, Kitty. You can be sure I've got more bad images than good ones, but of course I only show the ones I'm realy happy with on this site ...

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The top of the flower opens like a child's fortuneteller. I think maybe because of all the lower blooms poised upright like fingers I am seeing this.. That's a good thing, really. I find these little brushes with memories make the things we see, hear, smell or taste much stronger and a new memory. Lovely.

30 Aug 2010 11:52pm

@Dutçh: Kristen, I don't think I realy understand what you are trying to say here, but I understand you like this image ? ;-) (Please don't make the english too difficult for me :p)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I was just saying its shape reminded me of a childs toy, that's all. Sorry, I'll just tell you when I like them from now on.

1 Sep 2010 1:07am

@Dutçh: Oh please.. I always like your comparisons full of imagination ... (as long as I understand them ;-) )

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice focus on the set of stamens. The light is hitting the center of the flower nicely. I noticed your shutter speed-was it windy?

3 Sep 2010 9:41am

@Julie Brown: The problem was not the wind but mainly the color. I had to choose this shutter speed because the purple of the flower reflected the sunlight, making it look almost white when using "normal" lighting settings. It is one of the phenomenons I just can't explain but learned to overcome by experimenting.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Gewoonweg prachtig

14 Feb 2011 4:45pm

@Aubélia: Leuk dat je even mijn oudere foto's aan het doorbladeren bent, Aubélia. Gentianen zijn behoorlijk zeldzaam in België, maar als je ze kan vinden zijn ze pareltjes !

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm