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Tuberaria guttata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Tuberaria guttata, the Annual or Spotted rockrose, is a common plant of the Mediterranean region which also occurs very locally in Wales and Ireland. It is a small, hairy erect plant with lanceolate leaves, arranged in a basal rosette. The flowers are very variable and have hairy sepals and yellow petals with a characteristic blotch at the base (very variable in size and intensity of colour) giving the plant its name (Latin 'gutta' = 'spot' 'blotch').

The plant typically grows in low scrub or garrigue, frequently on limestone and often close to the sea.

Image: Vamvakades (Crete) - 14/04/2010

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

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Terug een prachtige foto van deze mooie bloem!

1 Mar 2011 9:10am

@Aubélia: Dank voor je lovende commentaar alweer. Het zijn ontzettend kleine en relatief onopvallende plantjes, net boven de grond, maar met een ongelooflijk mooie tekening op de bloemblaadjes. Voor dit soort opnames moet je letterlijk "plat op de buik" en de camera volledig tegen de grond, maar het loont de moeite :-) Fijne dag voor je.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful colour! Amazing macro! Well done Johan!

1 Mar 2011 2:53pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks, Don ! Greetz !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Nice details in the flower!

3 Mar 2011 9:14am

@Marilla: It is a wonderfull species, but very small - you realy have to look at the details very close to see them. Have a nice day, Marilla.

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