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Valeriana dioscoridis

Valeriana dioscoridis
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-21 2:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This Valerian is close to Valeriana officinalis, but has completely different basal leaves (see on the WS) and the whole plant. It took time for me to find its ID. It is not mentioned in Blamey & Grey-Wilson’s book of Mediterranean flowers and also not in the Chilton’s Plant list for Lesvos (see ref.).

Valeriana dioscoridis Sibth., Sm.
Syn.: Valeriana italica Lam.
Family: Valerianaceae
Common name: Italian Valerian [En], Valeriane d’Italie [Fr], Νάρδος, βαλεριανα, ζαμπούκος, Μυριστική [Gr]

Perennial herb. Rhizome praemorse, giving rise to fusiform roots. Stems solitary, sturdy, erect, hollow, subsulcate, 25-75cm high. Basal leaves glabrous or puberulent, pinnate, (!-)3-9(-13)-lobed, occasionally pinnatisect; lobes ovate-orbicular, repand to crenate, sometimes serrate, terminal lobes larger than laterals; petioles long, usually equal to, or longer than the lobed part of leaf. Cauline leaves few, pinnate, with lanceolate lobes; petioles amplexicaul, usually free at base. Inflorescence soon spreading in fruit. Flowers pink, fragrant. Achene pilose between the veins, often glabrous when mature, 4-5 x 1-1?5 mm. Pappus segments 12-14. Fl. 2-5.
It grows in rock-crevices, rocky slopes and scrub and damp grassland.
Distribution: Italy, Bulgaria, South ex-Yugoslavia, Greece (continental and Aegean islands), Turkey (West Anatolia), Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus.
Like its relative Valeriana officinalis, it has antifungal properties.

Virtual Herbarium of Van Lake Basin vanherbaryum
O. Tzakou, M. Couladis, M. Pavlovié and M. Sokovic, Composition and antifungal activity of the oil from aerial parts and rhizomes of Valeriana dioscoridis from Greece. J. Essent. Oil Res., 16, 500-503 (2004).[full art.]
Blamey M., Grey-Wilson Ch., (2005).Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, Domino Guides, London.
Chilton L., (2006) Plant list for the Greek Island of Lesvos, Marengo Publication.
D.J. Ockedon, Valeriana L In: Flora Europaea. Edits., T.G. Tutin, V.H. Heywood, N.A. Surges, D.M. Moore, D.H. Valentine, S.M. Waltersand D.A. Webb, Vol. 4, pp 52-55, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1972).

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Hi Catherine
What a great capture this Valeriana officinalis !
Details and colors are wonderful!
BG is fantastic.

So pretty.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 21 N: 1936] (13293)
  • [2010-03-21 3:39]

Lovely macro, Catherine.

Indeed, this one is quite common in Israel too. Its bloom is done by now.



Woderful macro, great details and tones! Have a nice day. Carme.

Ciao Catherine. Soft light so like beautiful colours. Good details and nice compo, as usual. Well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-03-21 4:57]

Hi Catherine,
a nice and beautiful ball of flowers.Very smooth and very neat piece of presentation. The composition of lighting aspect is splemdid.


Hello Catherine,
Simply beautiful, you have "embroidery" this flower with a perfect background and a light level that approaches perfection. Good job! TFS
Have a happy week,

Hi Catherine,

Perform a great shot.
Perfect focus, clarity and vitality.
Pink hue on a green background was very good adaptation.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful capture. Nice colours and very sharp details.
It is a lovely image.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-03-21 10:56]

Hello Razvan, very beautiful shot of this beautiful flower with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Very nice capture,TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5804 W: 89 N: 14917] (62535)
  • [2010-03-21 15:05]

Salut Catherine,excellente macro de ce fleur of Valeriana,une plant tres connu dans la medecine,magnifique nettete',details et couleurs et tres interessantes notes...mes plus gros compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

Merhaba Sevgili arkadaşım Cathy,

Impeccable macro capture of this beautiful Valeriana from nice POV with perfect focus and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week!

Ps. we have just returned from the trip.

Bonjour Catherine. Une jolie macro. Merci. Rudy

Hi Catherine.
An outstanding macro of this beautiful flower. Details and composition are exceptional.
Kind regards,

Bonjour Catherine,
Très belle macro finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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