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Tragopogon porrifolius

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Tragopogon porrifolius is a more robust plant than the tragopogon hybridus in the image I posted yesterday. T. porrifolius is a common biennial wildflower, native to Mediterranean regions of Europe but introduced elsewhere. The plant grows to around 120cm in height. As with other Tragopogons, its stem is largely unbranched, and the leaves are somewhat grasslike. It exudes a milky juice from the stems. The flower head is about 5cm across, and each is surrounded by green bracts which are as long as or slightly longer than the petals (technically, the ligules of the ray flowers). The flowers are hermaphroditic, and pollination is by insects.
The root, and sometimes the young shoots, of T. porrifolius are used as a vegetable, and historically the plant was cultivated for that purpose; it is mentioned by classical authors such as Pliny the Elder. The taste is said to resemles the taste of oysters. (but I prefer making images of these beautiful plants instead of eating them ...)

Image: Spili (Crete) - 08/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


6 Mar 2011 8:59am

@Tinx: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Tinx.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great tones and focus ! very nice

6 Mar 2011 9:42am

@Veronique: I think in this image the focus is much better then in yesterdays post. (see my answer on your comment there). This is a different species (same genus) and a different day, so experimenting with the focus was much easyer then. Thanks for commenting again, Veronique. Warm greetz !

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful flower macro ,great sharpness !!
friendships !

6 Mar 2011 2:57pm

@marc battault: Thanks, Marc. Glad you stopped by again. Greetz !

Co33 from libourne, France

The four last photos are really fantastic!! Bravo!

6 Mar 2011 4:17pm

@Co33: Thank you very much for this encouraging comment, Co. Very glad you like my work. Greetz !

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Stunning macro! and magnificent colours

6 Mar 2011 5:33pm

@Loretta: The closer one lookz at a flower, the more details one will discover. I like to explore all those wonderfull details that can be found in the wild flowers. Thanks for you comment, Loretta. Greetz.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely macro, beautiful colours

6 Mar 2011 5:44pm

@Christine: Hi, Christine. Realy glad you like this one. Have a nice day out there !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Magnificent details! *****

8 Mar 2011 5:58pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 200
150 mm