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Moraea sisyrinchium

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 14 May 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Moraea sisyrinchium (syn: Gynandiris sisyrinchium, Iris sisyrinchium) (NL: - / EN: Barbary Nut Iris /DE: Mittags-Schwertlilie /FR: Iris faux sisyrhinque), which looks very much like any other iris except that it is much lower-growing, occurs close to the coast throughout the Mediterranean but is also found in sandy margins of fields and on waysides. The pretty blue flowers are short-lived, opening around midday but closing again in the evening and not re-opening the following day.
Derivation of the botanical name: Moraea: in honor of (esquire of Shropshire) Robert More (1703-1780), an English amateur botanist and natural historian. Sisyrinchium: Greek σίσύρα sisyra, 'a cloak of shaggy goat's skin' and was applied to this plant because of the thick covering of coarse fibres which surrounds the corm.
Did you notice the little snail sleeping on the stem ?

Image: Vendicari (IT-SI) - 09/04/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/2500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Gewoonweg prachtig !

14 May 2012 5:29am

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Une perfection ! De la superbe macro !
5 *****

14 May 2012 6:11am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie la teinte et aussi cet escargot

14 May 2012 6:44am

omid from mashhad, Iran

wooooooow!!
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Excellent!

14 May 2012 4:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a wonderful macro shot ,very nice bokeh !

14 May 2012 7:10pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Wonderful color combination.

24 May 2012 9:45am

Canon EOS 400D
1/2500 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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