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Galanthus nivalis 3/3

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Galanthus nivalis (NL: Gewoon sneeuwklokje / EN: Common snowdrop / DE: Kleine Schneeglöckchen, Gewöhnliches Schneeglöckchen / FR: Perce-neige, Clochette d'hiver, Galanthe des neiges) is among the first bulbs to bloom in spring and can form impressive carpets of white in areas where they are native or have been naturalised. The generic name Galanthus, from the Greek gala (milk) and anthos (flower), was given to the genus by Carl Linnaeus in 1735. He described Galanthus nivalis in his Species Plantarum published in 1753. The epithet "nivalis" means "of the snow", referring either to the snow-like flower or the plant's early flowering. Galanthus nivalis is widely grown in gardens, particularly in northern Europe, and is widely naturalised in woodlands in the regions where it is grown. It is, however, native to a large area of Europe. In Belgium the species is considered as an archaeophyte (a plant species which is non-native to a geographical region, but which was an introduced species in "ancient" times (before 1492), rather than being a modern introduction.) The populations near Antwerp are considered as the oldest in Belgium and are mentioned already in 1581 by Mathias de l'Obel. Every year I look forward to visit these populations: they announce spring to me ...

Image: Ranst (B) - 22/02/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/2.8 ISO 200 150 mm

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Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi laag standpunt, achtergrond ook mooi gekleurd.

9 Mar 2012 9:56am

@Ralph: Dank je, Ralph voor je commentaar. Fijn weekend !

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Lovely, so tender in it’s nice colors.

9 Mar 2012 2:04pm

@Nazzareno: Thank you very much, Nazzareno.

Kay ♥ from Belgium

Mag ik het gewoon TOP noemen. ♥

9 Mar 2012 2:11pm

@Kay ♥: Heel erg bedankt voor dit vleiend commentaar, Kay. Leuke blog heb je trouwens ! Fijn weekend voor je !

omid from mashhad, Iran


9 Mar 2012 5:21pm

@omid: Thanks, Omid.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


10 Mar 2012 12:12am

@john4jack: I always like to see the first flowers after winter ... spring is comming up ! Have a nice weekend, Jack.

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa


12 Mar 2012 8:52am

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