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Gentianopsis ciliata - lusus naturae

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 November 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gentianopsis ciliata (NL: Franjegentiaan / EN: Fringed Gentian / DE: Gewöhnlicher Fransenenzian, Gefranster Enzian / FR: Gentiane ciliée) is a plant species of the Gentianaceae family. In Belgium this species is on the red list mentioned very rare and endangered with only a few growing stations left. It can only be found in grasslands on calcareous soil. The plant is 8-25 cm high and has a square stem. The ground leaves are spatula-shaped. The stem leaves are linear, but can sometimes be lanceolate and have one to three veins. The stem bears mostly only one flower. Fringed gentian blooms from August to November with blue flowers. The corolla has normally four lobes - the one in the image has exceptionally six ! (= lusus naturae). The corolla is 2.5 to 5 cm long. The lobes have a long fringe, hence the name Fringed gentian. The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.

Image: Tellin (BE) – 08/09/2012

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

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16 Nov 2012 6:31am

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16 Nov 2012 7:09pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors & lights!

17 Nov 2012 5:01pm

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