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Cynoglossum creticum

Cynoglossum creticum
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Copyright: Andreas Paradisis (Nature-cy) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 23] (176)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-07
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 3, Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-20 8:57
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Family: Boraginaceae
Scientific name: Cynoglossum creticum
Common Name (English): Blue hound's tongue

A robust, erect biennial up to 80 cm high. Stem usually unbranched, striate or angular, softly adpressed-pubescent*. Basal leaves forming loose rosettes, usually withering before anthesis, oblanceolate, 7-15 cm long, 1,5-4 cm wide, softly grey pubescent above and below. Cauline* leaves numerous along the whole length of the stem, narrowly oblong-lingulate*, 2,5-15 (28) cm long, 0,6-3(5) cm wide, sessile, amplexicaul* or frequently dilated and auriculate* at the base. Inflorescence much branched, at first rather dense, soon becoming lax and lengthening to 20 cm or more in fruit, so that the fruits are widely and evenly spaced , erect or erectopatent, pedicels 2-7 mm long at anthesis, lengthening to 15 mm (or more) in fruit. Calyx-lobes oblong, obtuse, 3-5 mm long, 1-2 mm wide at anthesis, rather densely, subadpressed grey-hairy on both surfaces, accrescent* to 10 mm (or more) and reflexed* in fruit, usually exceeding the nutlets. Corolla purplish in bud, soon changing to blue with a conspicuous network of dark inky-blue or purple veins, glabrous, 10-15 mm in diameter, tube pallid, shortly cylindrical, about 2mm long, lobes spreading, suborbicular, 4-5 mm in diameter. Nutlets broadly depressed-ovoid, convex dorsally, immarginate*, 7-8 mm long, 5-7 mm wide, pale brown when ripe, more or less uniformly covered with thick, rigid, glochidiate-spinules*, the spaces between the bases of the spinules densely *.

Habitat: Margins of fields, roadsides, vineyards, often in moist sites by streams or irrigation channels, sometimes on open grassy slopes or in Pine forest.
Altitude: 0-1400 m.
Flowering: February-June.

*Adpressed-pubescent = covered with down or fine short hair pressed close to or lying flat against a surface.
*Cauline= arising from the upper part of a stem.
*Lingulate= formed like a tongue.
*Amplexicaul= clasping the stem, as some leaves do at their base.
Auriculate= shaped like an ear.
*Accrescent= growing, as floral parts that increase in size after flowering has occurred.
*Reflexed= bent backward or downward
*Immarginate= Not having a distinctive margin or border.
*Glochidiate spinules= small spines looking like short hairs, or bristles.
*Verruculose-papillose= any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-20 9:00]

Hi Andreas,what a magnificent specie and what a fantatic macro! Very great composition and impressive quality of sharpness,colors and light balance.Very well done,have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ανδρέα καλωσόρισες στο ΤΝ.
Εντυπωσιακή φωτογραφία με καλή σύνθεση εξαιρετικά χρώματα και πολύ καλή ευκρίνεια.
Καλή συνέχεια.

Hello Andreas,
Impressive sharpness details of these flowers, superb depth of field, beautiful colours, point of view and composition are excellent, very well taken and well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Poly wraia photographia, kali eukrinia, orea xromata. regards yiannis

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-20 10:28]

Welcome abord, Andrea!

Excellent capture of the various stages of this lovely species, which we have here too.



nice change of colours, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-20 13:56]

Hello Andreas,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in splendid colours. Taken from the best possible point of view. Very good depth of field. A beauty!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-20 15:59]

Hello Andreas,
What a splendid macro,very beautiful flowers,nice colors and great sharpness,DOF and POV.

Hallo Andreas
I like this image very much. A field filled with these Blue hound's tongue with its striking assortment of colours can only be a wonderful sight. What I see is really lovely and what I call eye candy. A sheer delight to look at. The colours are wonderful and vivid, the composition pleasant and the natural sunlight gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Andreas,

good details and colours ...TFS, ragards...


Ciao Andreas. Excellent DOF and sharp for this specie of flowers. Beuatiful colours and very good light.


hello Andreas
I like this picture very much
great sharpness good details nice 3D effect
and beautiful colours
great shot thanks
greeting lou

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