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Ranunculus ficaria

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ranunculus ficaria (NL: Gewoon speenkruid / EN: Lesser celandine, Pilewort / DE: Scharbockskraut, Feigwurz, Frühlingsscharbockskraut / FR: Ficaire fausse-renoncule, Ficaire) flowers from March until May, and is sometimes called the "spring messenger" as a consequence. In bad weather, the yellow flowers remain closed but on sun the flower spreads wide open. The plants can form real "carpets" on the forest floor but not higher than 10 cm. Ranunculus ficaria exists in both diploid (2n=16) and tetraploid (2n=32) forms which are very similar in appearance. However, the tetraploid type prefer more shady locations and frequently develops bulbils at the base of the stalk. These two variants are sometimes referred to as distinct sub-species,R. ficaria ficaria and R. ficaria bulbifer respectively. The plant used to be known as Pilewort, as it was used to treat haemorrhoids. Supposedly the knobbly tubers of the plant resemble piles, and according to the Doctrine of signatures this resemblance suggests that pilewort could be used to cure piles. The plant is found throughout Europe and west Asia and prefers bare, damp ground.

Image: Wijnegem (B) - 21/03/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/1600 second F/5.6 ISO 800 150 mm

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful flower.. lovely colours and composition

22 Mar 2012 7:31am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooie belichting en scherpteverloop.
Ik wens je een fijne dag.

22 Mar 2012 9:09am

AuBuchon from Camdenton, United States

Yellow Beautiful

22 Mar 2012 3:11pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Een bijzonder effekt, heel transparant, zelfs de kelkbladeren laten hun nerven zien.

22 Mar 2012 7:31pm

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

gorgeous and delicate shot

22 Mar 2012 7:36pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

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

22 Mar 2012 8:22pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Bijzonder mooie foto!

22 Mar 2012 9:53pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/1600 second
ISO 800
150 mm