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Centaurea scabiosa


Centaurea scabiosa
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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: 2012-07-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon ZOOM LENS EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5,6II
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-12 3:41
Viewed: 2413
Points: 2
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Centaurea scabiosa or Greater Knapweed

The picture is a crop. This flower This flower has a vivid color.

Greater knapweed is found growing in dry grasslands, hedgerows and cliffs on lime-rich soil. Upright branched stems terminate in single thistle-like flowerheads, each having an outer ring of extended, purple-pink 'ragged' bracts which form a crown around the central flowers. The plant has deeply dissected leaves which form a clump at the base.

This species is very valuable to bees. It is also a magnet for many species of butterfly. Among them is the Marbled White.

This is the only known foodplant for caterpillars of the Coleophoridae case-bearer moth Coleophora didymella. Centaurea scabiosa has been used in traditional herbal healing as either a vulnerary or an emollient.

The plant is sometimes confused with Devils-bit Scabious, however the leaves on this plant are arranged alternately, whereas in Devils-bit they are opposite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_scabiosa


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-12 14:44]

A very nice memory of the last summer,beautiful centaurea in the best moment of its life,great details and a very bright purple,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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