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Copyright: Larry Doyle (techranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 1075] (3462)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 7:24
Viewed: 4294
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) blossom.

From herbs2000:

This perennial grows one to two feet tall. One or two large leaves unfold like umbrellas, and a solitary white blossom forms below them. The mayapple's rhizome is thick and reddish brown. Its fruit is small and yellow.

The umbrella like leaves of the mayapple are a common sight in woodlands, where the plant is native. Mayapple was well known to North American Indians, who valued it for its powerful laxative effect, as a treatment for intestinal worms, as a cure for warts, and even as an insecticide for use on their crops. Apparently the Indians recognized mayapple's toxic qualities; it is said that they sometimes ate the roots and shoots to commit suicide.

Indians also ate the mayapple's fruits (the only part of the plant that is not poisonous), as many people do to this day. Some, however, say they are insipid. One 19th-century botanist dismissed them as "somewhat mawkish, beloved of pigs, raccoons, and small boys."

The plant's creeping rhizome, pencil-thin and up to 6 feet long, is the part that is used for medicinal purposes. Gathered in autumn as the plants are dying down, the rhizomes are dried and crushed into a powder. Although the remedy has traditionally been used to treat conditions ranging from liver ailments to cancers, mayapple remains best known as a laxative. But its purgative action is so strong that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration lists this use of the plant as "unsafe."

Indigenous to the eastern United States and southern Canada, American mayapple usually grows in patches.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-28 7:28]

hi larry,
beautiful flower, well captured, i liked the textures here. your notes also quite useful and one can learn lot about this seemingly simple flower. tfs.

Wow that was quick Larry! If you had been a click faster You would have been my neighbor..I had forgotten about this species...all of these memories of my many younger years back east are coming to me through yo and Ron Tuslaw...you must have been chosen to do this...I certainly hope you continue on adding such wonderful images and notes to go along. You do it very well and you and I know why! Well done sir!

Hello Larry,
Very interesting plant. Crisp clear sharp image. The exposure is just perfect for this light coloured delicate flower. The note is very informative.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Bonjour Larry,
Très belle macro dans laquelle le sujet est bien mis en valeur, sous une excellente lumière, par la finesse des détails edt la délicatesse des couleurs. Très bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-28 12:47]

Hi Larry. What an interesting plant and a fine picture of the flower with interesting notes to go with it. You have captured the flower with fine detail and sharp focusing .and bright colours. well done \TFs.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-08-28 13:06]

Hi Larry!

Beautiful picture of an unusal species. The composition and colors are lovely. I find the background someaht noisy. Was it caused by too much sharpenning?? In any case, it is a beautiful image!



Fascinating notes tfs them. Lovely flower, beautifully sharp nice colours with the green background. TFS.

Happy Snapping

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-28 16:35]

Hi Larry,

Your flower photos are something special!! This Mayapple is beautiful with wonderful clarity and colors. We can see every vein in the petals. Looks marvelous against the dark background. Your notes are always informative and a delight to read.


Hi Larry,
Impeccable image of "unsafe" Mayapple..Terrific notes I had no idea how potent this plant is..
Presented nicely..

Best regards,

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