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Eryngium maritimum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 November 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Eryngium maritimum (NL: Blauwe zeedistel / EN: Sea holly / DE: Stranddistel / FR: Panicaut maritime) is a clump forming perennial in the plant family Apiaceae and native to most European coastlines. This attractive, architectural plant is unlikely to be mistaken for any other species occurring at coastal sand dunes. Its stiff, spiny leaves are blue-green and netted with silvery white veins. The small purple blue flowers are packed into a rounded, teasel like head backed by broad spiny bracts and the hairless stems are often tinged with purple. In some ways, it resembles a flowering thistle, in that its flower is burr-shaped. The protected dune plant grows to a height of 20 to 60 cm. Although widespread, it is considered endangered. Flowering occurs from June to September.
The snail attached to one of the leaves (probably Cepaea nemoralis ?) provided an extra photographic element for this image.

Image: Bray-dunes (FR) - 20/08/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi. Prachtig van kleur.

15 Nov 2011 9:23am

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Gewoonweg prachtig

15 Nov 2011 3:03pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Een decoratieve distel is dit.
Hij staat er super op, goed van scherpte en compositie en een mooie achtergrond.
Hier hou ik wel van.

15 Nov 2011 9:13pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wow!! love the details and the depth of the pic... well done!!

15 Nov 2011 10:35pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 100
150 mm