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Bellardia trixago

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Bellardia trixago is a species of flowering plant in the scrophulariaceae family known as Mediterranean lineseed. This plant is native to the Mediterranean Basin, but it is known in other places with similar climates. The plant has a strong erect stem often reaching over half a meter in height. Its foliage is rich green and dotted with glands and hairs. The opposite sawtoothed leaves extend about halfway up the plant, with the upper half of the stem being occupied with a stout inflorescence which narrows to a point. The inflorescence has rows of leaflike bracts, between which emerge showy purple and white lipped, hooded flowers, each over two centimeters wide. Bellardia trixago is hemiparasitic in that it is green and photosynthetic but also taps into the roots of other plants to extract nutrients.

Image: Pitsidia (Crete) - 07/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

ohoh !! joli travail !

18 Mar 2011 9:32am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een heel mooie foto! Prachtige kleuren en details.

18 Mar 2011 10:04am

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm