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Ophioglossum vulgatum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 July 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ophioglossum vulgatum (NL: Gewone addertong / EN: Southern adderstongue / DE: Gewöhnliche Natternzunge) is a small fern in the genus Ophioglossum. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with a scattered distribution in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and eastern North America. This plant grows from a rhizome base to 10-20 cm tall (rarely to 30 cm). It consists of a two-part frond, separated into a rounded diamond-shaped sheath and narrow spore-bearing spike. The spike has around 10-40 segments on each side. It reproduces by means of spores. Traditional European folk use of leaves and rhizomes as a poultice for wounds. This remedy was sometimes called the "Green Oil of Charity". A tea made from the leaves was used as a traditional European folk remedy for internal bleeding and vomiting. This small, hard-to-spot plant occurs singly in un-improved pastures, rock crevices and grassy path-sides but also occurs in colonies of hundreds of plants in sand dune slacks. In Belgium the plant is very rare and endangered.

Image: De Panne (B) - 22/05/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/1250 second F/3.5 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb, love the composition with the three of them

17 Jul 2011 7:15am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige compositie

17 Jul 2011 7:16am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Gorgeous details with beautiful greens - excellent!

17 Jul 2011 12:47pm

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Stunning and just perfect depth of field!

17 Jul 2011 1:17pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Beaucoup d’élégance dans la présentation ..... félicitations

17 Jul 2011 9:31pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous light

17 Jul 2011 11:27pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/1250 second
ISO 200
150 mm