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Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea cyanus
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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: 2007-05-18
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-10 14:59
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Points: 42
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Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Centaurea
Species: C. cyanus
Nome volgare: Fiordaliso

Caratteristiche: Pianta annuale con fusto abbastanza ramificato alto fino a 80 cm. Foglie verdastre o più spesso bianche per un denso tomento. Fiori riuniti in capolini solitari all'apice dei rami.
Habitat: Luoghi erbosi nelle ghiaie e negli incolti; ma il suo abitat più comune sono i campi di grano.
Proprietà farmaceutiche: astringenti, antiinfiammatorie, diuretuche, tossifughe. (Droga usata: capolini).
Uso in cucina: Viene utilizzata nelle minestre e frittate

Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Basket flower, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower, Hurtsickle) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.
It is an annual plant growing to 40-90 cm tall, with grey-green branched stems. The leaves are lanceolate, 1-4 cm long. The flowers are most commonly an intense blue colour, produced in flowerheads (capitula) 1.5-3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets. The blue pigment is protocyanin, which in roses is red
In the past it often grew as a weed in crop fields. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat; in the United Kingdom it has declined from 264 sites to just 3 sites in the last 50 years. It is also however, through introduction as an ornamental plant in gardens and a seed contaminant in crop seeds, now naturalised in many other parts of the world, including North America and parts of Australia.Cultivation
It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, where several cultivars have been selected with varying pastel colours, including pink and purple. It is also occasionally used as a culinary ornament. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for its blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in tea and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings.
Folklore and symbolism
In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was unrequited.
In herbalism a decoction of cornflower is effective in treating conjunctivitis, and as a wash for tired eyes.
The Blue Cornflower has been the national flower of Estonia since 1968 and symbolizes daily bread to Estonians. It is also the symbol of the Estonian political party, Rahvaliit, the Finnish political party, National Coalition Party, and the Swedish political party, Liberal People's Party. The Cornflower is also often seen as an inspiration for the romantic symbol of the Blue Flower.
The Blue Cornflower was the favourite flower of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Because of its ties to royalty, authors such as Theodor Fontane have used it, often sarcastically, to comment the social and political climate of the time.
In Austria it is a political symbol for pan-German and rightist ideas. The Members of the Freedom Party wore it at 2005's Parliament Opening.

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This is one of my favorite wildflowers. You have captured it very well. You shot this one very good at 100ISO...That is great depth of field for such a low ISO...very nicely done and notations in two languages.

La saluto il mio amico italiano.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-10 15:27]

Hello Lucianno
Beautiful presentation.Good POV and sharp image colors and light are outstanding.
TFS Michel

Ciao Luciano,
Excellent exposure and focus on this shot!
very sharp with beautiful bright colour and very details
perfectly done!

Hi Luciano,
A beautiful purple flower. Very nicely composed with excellent details. Very informative notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Beautiful Corn-flower, Luciano.
Its purple colour is amazingly beautiful.
A brilliant shot capturing subtle shades on the petals.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Luciano,

Belle couleur métallisée !

Merci pour ce rayon de soleil dans notre "grisaille" !


Salut Luciano
Quel beau bleu. Magnifique couleur, avec une touche de razppel dans le fond.
Bravo et merci ... de soutenir les bleus !
Bonne journée.

Hello Luciano,
Good light and sharpness.
Well composed.

Ciao Luciano, bel fiordaliso, uno dei fiori che preferisco, ottima nitida e ben dettagliata, dovresti venire a Castelluccio a Giugno, ce ne sono un mare, grande spettacolo, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-11 6:50]

merhaba luciano
well close up working on this beautiful flower
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, details and note
thanks for sharing

Excelente luz y colores. Interesante nota.
Un abrazo. Comento poco ya que voy liado de trabajo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-11 11:42]

Hi Luciano.
Your flower picture is amazing. Reproduction of all beauties of the flower is terrific. Wonderful light, vibrant colours, extra-details – all is perfect. I also like wonderful damped up BG, which is blurred with great exactness. My compliments. Well done.

ciao Luciano
la nota non e' esauriente perche' non hai
indicato l'insetto che si vede su uno degli stami e poi cambia sfondo,non vedi che in
secondo piano c'e' un'altra centaurea sfocata!!Salvo queste due grandi lacune,devo
dire che con i fiori te la stai cavando bene.
fa judizi sERGIO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-11 14:45]

Hola Luciano,
preciosa flor, color y forma,
bonito trabajo,

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-01-11 21:37]

ciao Luciano,
bellissima ripresa e immagine molto nitida dai colori naturali e brillanti, molto bravo come sempre anche con le macro

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-11 23:30]

Hi Luciano,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you for now and will come back.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-13 4:40]

Hello Luciano,
This flower used to be very common here in the fields together with poppies and daisies but intensive agriculture has meant that it is now pretty rare. Excellent capture in beautiful light, very sharp details and natural colours. It stands out nicely from the background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-13 11:32]

Ciao Luciano,
Bellissima. Ben composta, dettagliata e con un viola molto delicato mi piace tanto!

Ciao Luciano.
Il tuo fiordaliso è bellissimo anche lui e la foto perfetta. Vedo che il tuo lo hai preso in pianura mentre il mio era in montagna a circa 1300 m. Che sia questo il motivo della diversa colorazione interna ? oppure è una specie diversa .. Boh !! Ciao.

Ciao Luciano,
Un bel fiore, ben fatta la foto. I colori ed esposizione sono ottimi. Una pianta che qui l´ho vista nel giardino alla casa della mia nonna.

Hi MF Luciano, a lovely and excellent macro capture of this beutiful flower from a nice POV with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and Cheers,

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