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Tussilago farfara

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Tussilago farfara (NL: Klein hoefblad / EN: Coltsfoot / DE: Huflattich / FR: Tussilage, Pas-d'âne) is a plant in the family Asteraceae that has traditionally had medicinal uses as a cough suppressant. (The scientific genusname "tussilago" itself means "cough suppressant.") The plant has been used historically to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food product. But the discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns.
The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring (before dandelions appear) and is usually one of the first flowers to discover after winter. The leaves, which resemble a colt's foot in cross section (the common english name refers to this), do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers. The plant is typically between 10 - 30 cm in height. The plant is a pioneer plant that focuses on new grounds and is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths.

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

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

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Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Eén van de eerste bloemetjes in het voorjaar, wij hebben er de afgelopen maand ook steeds naar uitgekeken hebben, maar helaas niet gezien. Fraaie foto!

10 Mar 2012 3:47pm

@Lia: Dit was inderdaad een van de eerste ... ondertussen komen ze hier langs alle kanten hun kopje opsteken. Hopelijk kan je ze een van de komende dagen ook ontdekken. (Morgen een close-up van het hartje van deze bloem !) Fijn weekend voor je.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 Mar 2012 10:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb bokeh

10 Mar 2012 11:38pm

Naeem from Abbottabad, Pakistan

Nice Macro Shot

11 Mar 2012 4:02am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

The spring is officially started when these little beauties grow up. I haven't seen any yet but I'm waiting to see them soon.

12 Mar 2012 9:27am

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Zeer goed geslaagd, zelfs vanuit een gewaagde invalshoek. :) Mooi evenwicht met het donker gedeelte aan de rechterkant.

13 Mar 2012 1:56pm

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