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Copyright: aytul akel (lutya) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P3
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-10 12:53
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Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Arum
Species: A. maculatum

Arum maculatum is a member the plant family Araceae. It is a common plant in north temperate Europe and is also known as lords-and-ladies and cuckoopint. The plants grow in shady hedges and woods.

The purple spotted leaves appear in the spring (April-May) followed by the flowers borne on a poker shaped inflorescence called a spadix. The purple spadix is partially enclosed in a pale green spathe or leaf-like hood. The flowers are hidden from sight, clustered at the base of the spadix with a ring of female flowers at the bottom and a ring of male flowers above them. Above the male flowers is a ring of hairs forming an insect trap. Insects are trapped beneath the ring of hairs and are dusted with pollen by the male flowers before escaping and carrying the pollen to the spadices of other plants, where they pollinate the female flowers. The spadix may also (see the picture) be yellow, but purple is the more common.

In autumn the lower ring of (female) flowers forms a cluster of bright red berries which remain after the spathe and other leaves have withered away. The berries are extremely poisonous.
All parts of the plant can produce allergic reactions in many people and the plant should be handled with care. Many small rodents appear to find the spadix particularly attractive and it is common to find examples of the plant with much of the spadix eaten away. The spadix produces heat and probably scent as the flowers mature and it may be this that attracts the rodents.

from Wikipedia

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-10 12:57]

Hi Aytul. Firstly you have very good notes for us to read so thanks. This is a very colour pictures of this plant. good detail , I like your POV making them look so tall. with green haze to the BG. well done TFS.

Hello Aytul,
very nice and colorfull shot,
very well composed with a beautifull point of view,
excellent work,

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  • memo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 5] (108)
  • [2007-12-10 13:55]

very interesting. regards.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-10 14:50]

Hi Aytul, very interesting photo of a peculiar plant. Thank you for your notes. I like the photo, the point of view is nice with all the sticks loaded with fruits and the colours are nice and sharp. Here, there grows a plant called "Jack in the Pulpit" (le Petit Prêcheur) which looks similar to this one at the fruit stage. Thank you!


Hello Aytul,
Very nice gradient of colours. Excellent detail and POV. I'm constantly amazed at your unique selection of subject matter - always interesting, informative and presented with a singular talent. Nicely Done, Thomas

nice pic, but what is this brown haze on the bottom? TFS Ori

Aytül hanım , renk doygunluğu ve komp. çok güzel olmuş , elinize sağlık .

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-11 0:48]

Merhaba Aytul hanım, renklerin doygunluğu ve ışık çok başarılı olmuş, elinize sağlık. Selamlar.

Hi Aytül Hanım,
Your Arum group is very nice. The saturated colors, illumination, sharpness, low viewpoint and the resulting composition are all very pleasing to the eye. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Aytül hanım merhabalar...
Harika bir manzara... Efektler çok yakışmış...Zıt renklerin birliği kompozisyonu güçlendirmiş.
ellerinize sağlık

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