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Asphodelus aestivus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Asphodelus aestivus (Common or Summer asphodel) is native to many of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and is the most common of the asphodels on the Cretan island. The stem is hollow and branching at the tip and the leaves are elongated and triangular, all concentrated at the base of the stem. The flowers have white tepals with russet veining in the centre and are in terminal racemes. To adapt to the fluctuating Mediterranean climate with periods of seasonal drought, Asphodelus aestivus has adopted the geophyte strategy, i.e., it has an enlarged underground storage organ for carbohydrates, nutrients and water. Even when the surrounding soil has a moisture content approaching zero, the tuber is able to maintain approximately 60% water content.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een hele mooie scherpe foto tegen een mooie zachte achtergrond!

26 Mar 2011 7:33am

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

So beautiful! Lovely seldom seen flowers you have!!

26 Mar 2011 10:57am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Extraordinary details, this is excellent.

26 Mar 2011 6:49pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique fleur très bien mise en valeur par la lumière ...compliments

26 Mar 2011 10:27pm

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