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Leucanthemum monspeliense, Linneae - H.J. Costes, 1913 is a perennial of three to six decimetres, erected or ascending, glabrous, branched. It is part of the Asteraceae family and Leucanthemum genus. Its common name is « Marguerite de Montpellier » or « Marguerite des Cévennes ».
The leaves are alternate along the stem, two to three times deeply divided and toothed on their edges. The divisions are separated with narrowly lanceolate, linear or filiform lobes.
Flowers in capitula are all alike, not papilionacea. They are tight against each other and arranged at the end of branching stems. The receptacle is flat or slightly curved, but never in cone.
The involucre is composed of many bracts edged with brown overlapping.
The flower heads are central tube-shaped, yellow, while the peripheral flowers, arranged in a single row, are shaped strip of white. Hence the name of this plant: λευχόσ (white) and άνθημα (bouquet) - literally « white flowers of the perimeter ». The yellow flowers have a central tube slightly flattened, and with five small teeth.
The stamens and pistils are found on the same plant, thus bringing the two sexes. The stamens are indistinct, welded into a tube through which passes the style.
Rochers du Plateau central et des Cévennes ; Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Loire, Ardèche, Lozère, Tarn, Aveyron, Gard, Hérault, Corbiéres, Pyrénées-Orientales.
In the language of flowers, it said "youthful beauty."
Properties of the plant
In herbal medicine, dried flowers are used in brewing. It has antispasmodic, sedative, digestive, astringent like chamomile, which is the same family.
Tales and Legends
The folklore of this species is abundant: young boys and girls in the spring to pluck the truth about their loves, and the last ray leafless always gives the answer often is the one we wanted. You can decline the following formulas: "he (she) loves me, a little, passionately, madly, not at all ...." But many other forms, generally less poetic exist: "Will I, wife, daughter, widow, religious ..." "A young, one old, a widower ...." Or, "Paradise, purgatory, hell ..." "house, hut, castle ..."
The picture was produced in the late morning sun. I used a macro lens. The camera is set to aperture priority mode. The aperture is f/10, for a sufficient depth of field. With a sensitivity of iso-250 iso-200 iso-160 with a speed of 1 / 500 th of a second. The superposition of three images per photomatix pro provides image shown.
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