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Gentiana nivalis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gentiana nivalis (NL: "Sneeuwgentiaan" / EN: Snow Gentian / DE: Schnee-Enzian, Himmelstengel, Kelberberschis / FR: Gentiane des neiges) is an annual, delicate plant in the Gentianaceae family. The species grows about 5 to 15 cm high and has branched many-flowered stems. The crown is deep blue and about 8 to 15 mm wide. The corolla tube is up to 15 mm with five star-like spread lobes, which are often twisted propeller-like.
This species is widespread in the mountains of southern and central Europe and prefers stony soils, ridges on limestone and silicate between 1,300 to 3,000 m above sea level. Flowering period is from June to August.
The flowers are very sensitive to variations in temperature and solar radiation. Depending on cloud cover, you can find the flowers opening and closing several times within an hour.

Image: Brenta (IT) - 15/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtfoto!

7 Oct 2011 8:41am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

simply gorgeous ^^

7 Oct 2011 9:05am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


7 Oct 2011 9:38am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une belle fleur et de belles couleurs sur cette image.

7 Oct 2011 11:41am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

very nice !

7 Oct 2011 12:00pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 200
150 mm