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Caltha palustris

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

Caltha palustris (NL: Gewone dotterbloem / EN: Kingcup, Marsh Marigold) is a herbaceous perennial plant of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The specific name palustris, Latin for "of the marsh", indicates its common habitat. The flowers are yellow, 2–5 cm diameter, with 4-9 (mostly 5) petal-like sepals and many yellow stamens; they appear in early spring to late summer. The flowers are visited by a great variety of insects for pollen and for the nectar secreted from small depressions, one on each side of each carpel. Carpels form into green sac-like follicles to 1 cm long, each opening to release several seeds.
As is the case with many members of the Ranunculaceae, all parts of the plant are poisonous and can be irritant. Skin rashes and dermatitis have been reported from excessive handling of the plant.

Image: Zandhoven (BE) - 07/04/2011

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

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooi in beeld gebracht!

16 May 2011 8:11am

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

lovely focus!! and such lovely warm colour!

17 May 2011 8:13am

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

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magnoliophyta
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ranunculales
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