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Melampyrum arvense

Melampyrum arvense
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Copyright: Christian Winkelblech (Christian-Pfalz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 10] (764)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Ericsson K770i
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-21 2:18
Viewed: 3171
Points: 17
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hello tn,
i found this Melampyrum arvense on dry limestone area, here in southwestern germany, rheinland pfalz.
The field Cow-wheat is a hibernating green, annual plant, so a therophytes, plant height 10 to 30 centimeters reached. It is around a half parasite on cereals and other grass species, so we find the field Cow-wheat in particular on (calcareous), arable land, hence the common name German. The branched stem is erect and weak. The leaves are linear to lanceolate, the lower ones entire, the upper toothed at the base.

The flowers are arranged in a cone or walzlichen, year-old inflorescence. The bracts are pale to lilac red. The bracts are egg-lanceolate, or rarely purple colored yellow and green have in the lower part grannenförmige teeth. The flowers are hermaphrodite zygomorph. The fluffy hairy cup is almost as long as the corolla tube. The crown is 2 to 2.5 centimeters long, the tube is yellow to white, the lips are reddish and the upper lip is curved helmet-shaped. The lower lip is located on the edge straightened almost on the upper lip, and the fact Kronschlund almost closed. The flowering period extends from May to August. There will be insect pollinated or self-pollination.

The oval fruit capsule narrowed at both ends. The seeds are spread by ants (myrmecochory).

The chromosome number is n = 9 [1]

have a nice day

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-21 2:52]

Excellent shot this lovely flower!Interesting forms and colors!
Congratulation !

Hi Christian,
die Aufnahme ist Dir gelungen,der Schärfepunkt liegt zwar etwas zu tief, dass tut dem bild jedoch nichts an seiner Schönheit ab. Das Licht ist klasse genutzt! Besonders die Erklärung ist klasse, denn ich wusste nicht das es sich hierbei um einen Halbparasiten handelt.


Ciao Christian. A lot of sharp and noise problems. Nice comlours and good compo.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-07-21 5:36]

Hi Chris,
Composition of an unusual flower macro ...
Focus and strong sunlight, was effective.
Best wishes,

Hallo Christian,
a beautiful and interesting flower, splendid natural colours, IMHO maybe better with a different POV, but this has a good visual impression.
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-21 7:44]

Hi Christian,
Very nice photo of this Plant, TFS!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-21 14:27]

Hi Chris,
What a beautiful flower with excellent colors and great details.TFS.

Hi Christian,
I like the angle from which you have taken this flower.The green leaves forming a natural frame, nice shot.

Ciao Christian, lovely composition with beautiful flower, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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