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Convallaria majalis with visitor

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 June 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Convallaria majalis (NL: Lelietje-van-dalen, Meiklokje / EN: Lily of the Valley / DE: Maiglöckchen, Maieriesli / FR: Muguet de mai) is a poisonous woodland flowering plant native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States. C. majalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading underground stems called rhizomes. New upright shoots are formed at the ends of stolons in summer, these upright dormant stems are often called pips. These grow in the spring into new leafy shoots that still remain connected to the other shoots under ground, often forming extensive colonies. The stems grow to 15–30 cm tall, with one or two leaves 10–25 cm long, flowering stems have two leaves and a raceme of 5–15 flowers on the stem apex. The flowers are white tepals (rarely pink), bell-shaped, 5–10 mm diameter, and sweetly scented; flowering is in late spring, in mild winters in the Northern Hemisphere it is in early March. The fruit is a small orange-red berry 5–7 mm diameter that contains a few large whitish to brownish colored seeds that dry to a clear translucent round bead 1–3 mm wide. Plants are self-sterile, and colonies consisting of a single clone do not set seed.
While making images of the magnificent leaves, an unexpected visitor turned up. I had just one chance to make the shot ...

Image: Wijnegem (BE) – 04/05/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel heel mooi, Johan.
Ik wens je een prettige dag.

5 Jun 2012 7:07am

sido from Seville, Spain

Gorgeous. A great shot indeed.

5 Jun 2012 12:40pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!!!!

5 Jun 2012 1:05pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a pure jewel ,this shot is wonderful !
five stars !

5 Jun 2012 3:03pm

Heather J Snider from Ayr ON, Canada


5 Jun 2012 4:20pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Just brilliant!

7 Jun 2012 7:07am

Corné from Zwolle, Netherlands

Prachtige foto Johan

7 Jun 2012 8:08pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm