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Gentianopsis ciliata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gentianopsis ciliata (syn.: Gentiana ciliata /Gentianella ciliata) (NL: Franjegentiaan / EN: Fringed gentian / DE: Gewöhnlicher Fransenenzian / FR: Gentiane ciliée) is a plant species of the Gentianaceae family. In Belgium this species is on the red list mentioned very rare and endangered with only a few growing stations left. It can only be found in grasslands on calcareous soil. The plant is 8-25 cm high and has a square stem. The ground leaves are spatula-shaped. The stem leaves are linear, but can sometimes be lanceolate and have one to three veins. The stem bears mostly only one flower. Fringed gentian blooms from August to November with blue flowers. The corolla has four lobes and is 2.5 to 5 cm long. These lobes have a long fringe, hence the name Fringed gentian. The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.

Image: Rochefort (B) - 24/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/1600 second F/3.2 ISO 200 150 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Great capture here Johan! Interesting description.

1 Dec 2011 5:25am

@Jaytee: Thanks, Jaytee. For me it is always important to know as much as possible about the species on the image. Glad you like the description too.

Dana from kermanshah, Iran

very nice photo!
good luck!

1 Dec 2011 6:08am

@Dana: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Dana. Have a nice day !

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very good. The light is super.

1 Dec 2011 6:41am

@Mirjam: Thanks, Mirjam. I like making images in late afternoon ...

Sylvie (Anjou) from Maine et Loire (bord de loire), France

Quelles belles couleurs et quelle netteté, c'est magnifique.

1 Dec 2011 10:16am

@Sylvie (Anjou): Thank you very much, Sylvie.

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Wat een bijzondere soort heb je gespot! Een prachtige bloem met die franjes en ook nog eens zeer fraai vastgelegd met dat insekt haarscherp in de vlucht.

1 Dec 2011 4:41pm

@Lia: Deze behoort inderdaad tot de zeldzame pareltjes van de Belgische flora. Het was één van de "doelsoortené van de trip, dus erg blij dat ik leuke opnamen mee naar huis kon nemen... Fijn weekend voor je !

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

very nice photo

1 Dec 2011 8:22pm

@Jerry: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Jerry.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Die Blumen allein sind schon so ein großartiges Bild aber dann noch diese Schwebfliege so scharf zu erwischen - genial !

2 Dec 2011 9:54pm

@Loner: Thanks, Sonja. I was trying to get a good portrait of the flowers there - it is a marvellous species and most of the time they grow single and not in this type of group. The insect was just a lucky coincidence to fly in the focus-area of my image at the time I pushed the bottom...

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Knap om het bijtje zo scherp in de vlucht te vangen, mooie compositie!

3 Dec 2011 3:24am

@Monique: De nodige dosis geluk .... De compositie was opgezet om de franjegentiaan er netjes op te zetten ... Fijne dag nog !

Canon EOS 400D
1/1600 second
ISO 200
150 mm