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Centaurium erythraea

Centaurium erythraea
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Copyright: TOMESCU Cezar Valentin (tomcezar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 282] (1823)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-20
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon ZOOM LENS EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5,6II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2011-12-11 23:42
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Centaurium erythraea - European centaury

It is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common names common centaury and European centaury. This centaury is a widespread plant of Europe and parts of western Asia and northern Africa. It has also naturalised in parts of North America and throughout eastern Australia, where it is an introduced species. This is an erect biennial herb which reaches half a meter in height. It grows from a small basal rosette and bolts a leafy, erect stem which may branch. The triangular leaves are arranged oppositely on the stem and the erect inflorescences emerge from the stem and grow parallel to it, sometimes tangling with the foliage. Each inflorescence may contain many flowers. The petite flower is pinkish-lavender and about a centimeter across, flat-faced with yellow anthers. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule.

It flowers from June until September.

The European centaury is used as a medical herb in many parts of Europe.The herb, mainly prepared as tea, is thought to posses medical properties benefical for patients with gastric and liver diseases.It is also a powereful antioxidant.The active ingridients of the centaury are mainly phenolic acids[1] as ferulic and sinapic acids.The plant also contains amounts of sterols as brassicasterol and stigmasterol

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Buna Cezar,
Frumoasa culori ai surprins in aceasta imagine si detaliile sunt si ele bune.
Numai bine,

Hi Tomescu,
interesting composition of this species common in my country,
Regards, Ferran

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