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Nigella damascena

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist, or Devil-in-a-bush) is a well known annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). In origin the plant is native to southern Europe , north Africa and southwest Asia where it can be found on neglected, damp patches of land.
The flower has a very unusual shape: the bracts of the flower resemble the leaves which are very dissected with thread-like lobes. The flower has 5 bluish-white sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the many green stamens and are dark blue, minute and clawed. The ovary consists partly of pockets with characteristically short 'beaks', which on maturity form a very swollen capsule.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtig, fijne bloem.

16 Mar 2011 9:39am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Excellent !

16 Mar 2011 10:55am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great picture for this interesting flower

16 Mar 2011 1:26pm

KriKridesign from Léman, Switzerland

Perfect image!!!! Bravo!!!

16 Mar 2011 2:50pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wow ,it's a wonderful macro shot !!
friendships !

16 Mar 2011 4:14pm

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Magnificent shot and detail and focus!

16 Mar 2011 5:49pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Nigella is very charming!

16 Mar 2011 6:41pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Diese Serie ist einfach großartig und ich freue mich jeden Tag auf deine Seite !

16 Mar 2011 7:28pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Une fleur surprenante ...jolie photo ...compliments

16 Mar 2011 10:00pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

very nice !!

18 Mar 2011 1:07am

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm