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Paris quadrifolia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 June 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Paris quadrifolia (NL: Eenbes / EN: Herb Paris, True-lover’s Knot / DE: Vierblättrige Einbeere / FR: Parisette à quatre feuilles, Étrangle-loup, Herbe à Pâris, Raisin-de-renard) is a species of the genus Paris in the family Melanthiaceae, although authorities formerly regarded it as part of the Liliaceae family. It is related to Trillium, with which it can be confused. Trillium, however, is generally 3-merous (3 leaves per whorl, 3 petals etc.), whereas Paris is 4-merous. Paris quadrifolia has solitary flowers with four or more very narrow greenish filiform (threadlike) petals and green petaloid sepals. The flower is borne above a single whorl of four or more stem leaves. It prefers calcareous soils and lives in damp and shady places, especially old established woods and streamsides. It occurs locally in temperate and cool areas throughout Europe and Asia. Each plant only produces one blueberry-like fruit, which is poisonous.

Image: Halle (BE) – 01/05/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Tataze from Bourgogne, France

Oh étonnantes fleurs qui donnent une photo étonnante et délicate. Bon samedi

2 Jun 2012 5:54am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige belichting en mooi scherpteverloop

2 Jun 2012 8:15am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done

2 Jun 2012 10:49pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm