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Urginea maritima


Urginea maritima
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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: 2014-09-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-09-28 14:27
Viewed: 2313
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Watch the close up on the WS too.

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Liliopsida

Order: Asparagales

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Urginea

Species: U. maritima

The plant Urginea maritima (syn. Scilla maritima, Urginea scilla, or Drimia maritima) has the common names red squill, sea squill, sea onion, ein sit, and ada sogani. The name red squill may be reserved for a variety of the plant which has red-tinted flowers instead of the more common white. It may be placed in family Hyacinthaceae with squills of genus Scilla or included in family Liliaceae, depending on which classification system is used.Sea squill is a bulb which sends up a tall stalk topped by an inflorescences of small white flowersan, followed by a rosette of large dull green leaves, that last until the followin summer. The bulb can get quite large, reaching over five pounds in weight.This squill is native to coastal regions of the Mediterranean in sandy soil, but it is widely cultivated.It has been used for medicinal purposes. The bulb contains cardiac glycosides which stimulate the heart and act as diuretics in moderate doses, and are emetic and poisonous in larger doses. The juice of the bulb causes blisters when put in contact with skin. The plant has been used as a rodenticide and may show promise as an insecticide. The most active compounds in the plant are scillirosides, especially proscillaridine A.In Israel the sea squill (חצב) has gained an almost iconic status, and is popularly known as the "harbinger of autumn", due to the fact that the flowers pop out all over the country at the end of the dry summer, some time before the first rain.

La scilla marittima (Drimia maritima (L.) Stearn, 1978), nota anche come cipolla marina, è una pianta delle Liliaceae caratteristica del Mediterraneo, che vive allo stato selvatico in prossimità delle coste.
In agosto, nella macchia mediterranea costiera, si possono notare dei pennacchi bianchi, alti un paio di metri, che ondeggiano nel vento: è l'infiorescenza di questo bulbo, che spesso nella cultura popolare, segna la fine dell'estate, e le prime piogge autunnali.Pianta erbacea perenne dotata di un grosso bulbo tunicato, dal diametro compreso fra 10 e 20 cm, il cui peso puo' arrivare a diversi chili. A fine estate emette uno scapo fiorifero, eretto, alto anche due metri, di colore violaceo che termina in un lungo grappolo di fiori bianchi, peduncolati e formati da sei tepali ovali. L'apertura dei fiori avviene per fasce, dal basso verso l'alto.
Le foglie, molli e carnose, escono dopo la fioritura in rosetta basale, e durano fino all'estate seguente.
Il frutto è una capsula membranosa ellittica triloculare contenente molti semi.
Ne esistono due varietà: la scilla femmina, o bianca (var. alba), di dimensioni minori, e la scilla rossa (var. rubra)il cui bulbo può arrivare a 3-4kg e le dimensioni di un melone. La distinzione si riferisce al colore delle squame bulbari.Allo stato spontaneo non si allontana che poco dal mare, dove si interra nella sabbia o fra le rocce. Pianta tipicamente mediterranea, è diffusa in Asia Minore, Grecia, Malta, Spagna, Marocco e in Italia. Viene proposto commercialmente da alcuni bulbicoltori.Come altre Scille e Urginee, è una pianta che si fa apprezzare per la bellezza dei fiori e del portamento. A differenza di molte specie simili, è in grado di affrontare l'inverno fuori dalla serra, come dimostra la sua presenza fra la flora spontanea delle nostre coste.
Storicamente comunque, l'interesse per questa pianta, più che per le sue caratteristiche ornamentali, si è concentrato sulle virtù medicinali.

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Luciano,
Lovely image + the one in the W/S is most beautiful!!!
The landscape surrounding it is "LINDO".
Loved your notes too.
Best and most kind regards from Mario in Canada.

Ciao Luciano, bella la pianta e favoloso il cielo, splendida luce e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano- It's not an easy capture two keep equal focus on two flower sticks. But you have done it. Nice colour and sharpness against such blue Sky. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-09-29 0:17]

Beautiful flowers in a typical Med. landscape. Nice to see those in another country…

TFS,

Ishi

Good idea to shoot these tall stalks against the landscape background, Luciano. The picture is a combo of the two subjects and very pleasant to look at.
Thanks.
Ram

Ciao Luciano

Very nice presentation of this wild plant, it is also very common here and this is the blooming period, very nice natural BG, you gave a nice prespective, excellent clarity, fine details, beautiful natural colors. This plant is very important for survivor of many insect due to lack of flowering plants early automn in southern Europe. It is a very good host of grape berry moth and its eggs host egg tiny parasitoids of genus Trichogramma very important for biological control of many lepidopterus pests.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-09-29 4:31]

Bonjour Luciano,
Un sujet assez commun, mais montré avec beaucoup de sens artistique. Voilà qui fait souvent la différence. Une belle qualité technique aussi, comme d'habitude.
Meilleures pensées
Anne

Salut luciano,
très belle composition avec ces deux fleurs devant le ciel très bleu!
bonne journée
Pierre

Hello Luciano,
Very nice POV. An interesting plant on the background of the beautiful view.
Regards
Lucja

hallo Luciano
super good picture with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:37]

Hi Luciano,
Nice and interesting flowers in beautiful surroundings landscape.
Amazing colours and sharpness details with nice contrast against the background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-29 7:50]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo with fascinating flowers against a very beautiful background. Taken from a perfect POV in great sharpness, details and beautiful colours.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Luciano,
both of the plants are nicely in focus with good details in each,the environment is also very well portrayed.
Best regards Les.

Salam dear Luciano,


Sorry, i am little busy with comments so i was late,

What a beautiful post , very nice and Thanks!


Hope and Wish to see more shots in this kinds from Nature in TN also,


** Dio sia con Te amico, **

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-09-30 17:37]

Hi Luciano,
What an amazing plant!
I have never seen this before.
And it has such interesting medicinal properties.
Thanks for sharing such an unusual specimen!

Buona sera Luiano,
Marvelous taken the tall Squills blossom on this autumn. Charming flower, amazingly enduring an almost whole year dormant time. Saluti.
Ciao,
Ike

Gran POV ottimi nitidezza e colori. Dettaglio sopraffino.

Roberto

Ciao Luciano! Amaizng vertical composition. Fine exposure and capture. Superb colours. Good angle and focus. Well done!

Hello Luciano

Beautiful photo of these wild plants/flowers, with fine POV and appropriate
vertical framing, the clouds are a big part of the photo's beauty, TFS

Asbed

Hello Luciano
What a magnificent looking plant! It looks great against the blue sky. Detail, composition and POV are great. Your notes are very informative and is interesting to know of it's medicinal uses.
TFS
Janice

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