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Lychnis flos-cuculi

Lychnis flos-cuculi
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-03 1:43
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Points: 48
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Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Caryophyllales

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Lychnis

Species: L. flos-cuculi

Lychnis flos-cuculi, commonly called Ragged Robin, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. It is species is native to Europe, where it is found along roads and in wet meadows and pastures. In Britain it has declined in numbers because of modern farming techniques and draining of wet-lands and is no longer common.
Lychnis flos-cuculi forms a rosette of low growing foliage with numerous flower stems 20 to 90 cm tall. The stems rise above the foliage and branch near the top of the stem and end with the pink flowers which are 3-4 cm across. The flowers have five narrow petals deeply divided into four lobes giving the flower an untidy, ragged appearance, hence its common name. The calyx tube is five-toothed with ten stamens. The leaves are paired, with the lower leaves spoon-shaped and stalked. The middle and upper leaves are linear-lanceolate with pointed apexes. All of the leaves are untoothed. The stems have barbed hairs pointing downward and these hairs make the plant rough to the touch. Ragged Robins bloom from May to August, occasionally later, and butterflies and long-tongued bees feed on the flowers nectar. The fruits consist of small (6-10 mm) capsules opening on top by five teeth and containing many small seeds, they are found on the plants from August onwards.
It has become naturalized in northeastern United States.

Il Fior di cuculo (Lychnis flos-cuculi L.) è una pianta erbacea perenne alta 30-70 cm, appartenente alla famiglia delle Caryophyllaceae.
Il genere Lychnis comprende 15-25 specie erbacee perenni, originarie di Europa, Asia e nord Africa. Di queste, 5 sono spontanee della flora italiana.

Il genere Lychnis è strettamente legato al genere Silene, dal quale differisce per la presenza di capsule deiscenti con 5 dentelli apicali anziché 6 o 10, e di fiori con 5 stili anziché 3 o 5.
Il nome del genere deriva dal greco lýchnos (=lume, lucerna), e si riferisce alla forma delle capsule, oppure al fatto che le foglie di una specie congenere (L. coronaria (L.) Desr.) venivano utilizzate come lucignoli.

Il nome specifico si rifà al nome comune, il quale probabilmente allude alla frequente presenza sulla pianta della schiuma prodotta dall'insetto sputacchina (Philaenus spumarius), nota anche come saliva di cuculo.

La pianta è conosciuta anche come manine di Gesù o manine del Signore, per la forma dei petali, che ricordano delle piccole mani.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-03 1:50]

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful and classical herb european meadows.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Luciano,
really nice flowers. Excellent sharpness. Nice blurred background. Amazing colours.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-03 2:44]
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Bonjour Luciano,
Cet oeillet fleurit aussi à Cuggiono, je suis surprise! Chez nous cette fleur est devenue assez rare et on la trouve surtout en altitude. Il y a des étidiants de l'institut de botanique de l'Université de Berne qui font une étude sur cette plante actuellement. Une fleur pas facile à photographier avec sa forme si particulière. Tu les présentes comme quatre étoiles, une bonne idée!
Bon dimanche

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful delicate wonders in color for women.

Ciao Luciano, gran bella composizione coi deliziosi fiorellini, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,

An excellent capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & framing. Well composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!



Hello Luciano,
great capture of these flowers with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-03 8:31]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo of these Ragged Robin in splendid light and natural colours. Nicely contrasting against the darker background. Excellent sharpness and a perfect composition.
In the area where I live are ten thousands of them this year, very common.

Hello Luciano,
A marvelous composition. Wonderful flower. Excellent light......The details are fantastic. Very sharp and lovely natural colors. I have seen this nice flower in the woods near my home city. This flowers are superb.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-03 10:01]

Hello Luciano,
Exquisite image with amazing details and colors coming from your superb camera work.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano.
Stupenda foto molto luminosa di questi fiori molto belli,ben fotografati con un’ottima nitidezza ed relativi dettagli,eccellenti colori naturali,veramente bella complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.

hello Luciano
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
nice composition to
thanks greeting lou

Salut Luciano

Toujours aussi belles et originales tes photos,
jolie présentation de ces fleurs sauvages avec
leurs formes et pétales asse spéciales, TFS


Bom dia Luciano
Very beautiful composition and capture of beautiful flowers with wonderful soft colours and great details.Thank You
Have a good week!
Um abraço

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-04 6:33]

the shape and colors of these flowers are beautiful and good capture. tfs.

Hello Luciano,
very interesting flower. very interesting flower. The delicate, frayed petals. Beautiful color. Excellent macro.
Regards - Slawek

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-06-04 9:01]

Ciao Luciano!
Un quartetto di fiori perfettamente allineatosi per te. Splendida macro con un super DOF che dà grande risalto ai fiori. Bravissimo nel tenerli a fuoco tutti quattro. Ottimi dettagli dei cuori dei fiori.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-04 10:33]

Hola Luciano, impresionante el ramillete de estas bellas flores, me gusta mucho el color que contrasta con el fondo. la luz y la composición...saludos.

Skilled work from a skilled photographer. You have archiving for years and I have been watching as you grew. Now you help me... an old many who retired 45 years I took pictures but here is where I lay them.. I thank you for all of your kindness..

Bonjour Luciano,
Très belle publication valorisant bien les sujets dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le cadrage serré met les fleurs en évidence. La prise de vuie permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs des Lychnis flos-cuculi. La lumière de l'après-midi fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-06-08 10:02]

Hello Luciano,
This is a brilliant capture of these pretty flowers that are not that easy to capture as they're swaying in the wind! I love them and your capture is very striking, sharp and beautiful!
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

nice quadrette, have a nice weekend, Ori

Ciao Luciano. le tue performance con i fiori sono sempre una meraviglia. Bellissimi i colori contro lo sfondo, ottima profondità. Il dettaglio non è da meno.


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