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Centaurium maritimum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Centaurium maritimum is a small herbaceous plant with opposite elliptic leaves. The flowers are formed in the upper portions of the plant with five petals in the form a star, whitish-yellow in colour - which distinguish it from the other species of centaury. The species prefers damp locations near the sea and the edges of streams, but despite its name ('maritimum'), the plants can also be found at higher altitudes (This image was taken at an altitude of 534m !). Can be confused with Blackstonia perfoliata, but the two can be easily told apart as the latters leaves are opposite and fused to the base, while Centaurium maritimum the leaves are free.

Image: Agios Ioannis (Crete) - 12/04/2010

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

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Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

8 Mar 2011 6:41am

tulip from kerman, Iran

nice photo

8 Mar 2011 7:36am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi, net een schilderij.

8 Mar 2011 10:59am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

You have very soft way to shoot these flowers. Beautiful and springlike!

8 Mar 2011 5:56pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful light !!! great macro shot !
five stars !
friendships !

8 Mar 2011 8:26pm

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Een mooie macro. De plant komt zeer goed uit op de achtergrond.
Prettige avond,

8 Mar 2011 8:34pm

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