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Papaver auriantiacum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 August 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Papaver auriantiacum (syn: Papaver rhaeticum ; Papaver alpinum subsp. rhaeticum) (NL: "Gele alpenpapaver" / EN: Rhaetian Alps poppy / DE: Rätischer Alpen-Mohn / FR:Pavot orangé, Pavot rhétique) is a poppy found in the Alps. It is a short, upright, hairy perennial with leaves one to two odd pinnate. The species grows to a height of 5 to 20 cm, with several upright and hairy stems. As with all poppy species, a latex is produced. The feathery leaves are arranged in a ground hugging rosette. The flowers are hermaphroditic and are radially symmetric with a diameter of up to 5 cm. The fragrant flowers do not have nectar, but produce pollen. The flowering period is from July to August. All alpine poppy sub-species have a strong taproot and make a good rockery plant. To help secure the plant, the root hairs are angled upwards. Complete rocky slopes can be covered with this very fragile poppy's: an extroardinary sight !

Image: Passo Giau (IT) - 06/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/4000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Maggy from Liège, Belgium

c'est simple et beau, magnifique vue

31 Aug 2011 8:40am



31 Aug 2011 9:43am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooie foto! Prachtige dof.

31 Aug 2011 9:59am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done

31 Aug 2011 8:51pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/4000 second
ISO 200
150 mm