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Tussilago farfara

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 28 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Tussilago farfara (NL: Klein hoefblad / EN: Coltsfoot / DE: Huflattich / FR: Tussilage, Pas-d'âne) is a plant in the family Asteraceae that has traditionally had medicinal uses as a cough suppressant. (The scientific genusname "tussilago" itself means "cough suppressant.") The plant has been used historically to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food product. But the discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns.
The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring (before dandelions appear) and is usually one of the first flowers to discover after winter. The leaves, which resemble a colt's foot in cross section (the common english name refers to this), do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers. The plant is typically between 10 - 30 cm in height. The plant is a pioneer plant that focuses on new grounds and is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 15/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige opname van deze mooie bloem

28 Apr 2011 8:12am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Amazing macro...beautiful colours!

28 Apr 2011 2:21pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

It is this heart of beautiful flower!

28 Apr 2011 6:57pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

You have shot the sun...

28 Apr 2011 7:41pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Bright photograph!

28 Apr 2011 8:02pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm