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Centaurium erythraea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 August 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Centaurium erythraea (NL: Echt duizendguldenkruid / EN: Common centaury, European centaury / DE: Echtes Tausendgüldenkraut / FR: Petite centaurée) is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family. This centaury is a widespread plant of Europe and parts of western Asia and northern Africa. It has also naturalised in parts of North America and throughout eastern Australia, where it is an introduced species. This is an erect biennial herb which reaches half a meter in height. It grows from a small basal rosette and bolts a leafy, erect stem which may branch. The triangular leaves are arranged oppositely on the stem and the erect inflorescences emerge from the stem and grow parallel to it, sometimes tangling with the foliage. Each inflorescence may contain many flowers. The petite flower is pinkish-lavender and about a centimeter across, flat-faced with yellow anthers. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule. It flowers from June until September.

Image: Ranst (BE) – 04/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful colors!

17 Aug 2012 5:40am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

joli cadrage et netteté.. les tons sont super..

17 Aug 2012 5:59am

Chantal from Vitry le François, France

Excellente mise au point sur les étamines et le pistil.

17 Aug 2012 2:24pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely composed and focused.

17 Aug 2012 5:31pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Lovely upclose!

17 Aug 2012 9:15pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm