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Euphorbia acanthothamnos #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Euphorbia acanthothamnos is a perennial, cushion-like shrub with many spiny branches which flowers from March to June.. The leaves are ellipotical and up to 2 cm long, with the bracts lik a cup. The umbel has 3-4 rays which in the year after flowering transform into spines. It is very common in stony locations and probably endemic to Greece. The name comes from the Greek meaning "thorny bush" and gives an accurate picture of the plant. In this image the thorny aspect of the plant is more accentuated compared to the image I posted yesterday.

Image: Melampes (Crete) - 09/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/10.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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anne from zwolle, Netherlands

wat een apart spul....

20 Feb 2011 9:59am

@anne: De doorns zijn zeer venijnig, maar de patronen die ze vormen kunnen echt wel heel fotogeniek zijn. Deze foto is eigenlijk bedoeld als een tweeluik met de vorige ... dezelfde plant - een ander aspect in de kijker.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I like the texture, it looks like a net.

20 Feb 2011 12:45pm

@Marilla: You have to see this image as a continuation on yesterday's image. The same plant, an other aspect displayed ...

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Love these pattern/texture shots!

20 Feb 2011 4:06pm

@Loretta: I'm glad you do, Loretta. Thanks for your comment. Greetz !

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