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Melampyrum arvense - Pembeot

Melampyrum arvense - Pembeot
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turkish Plants - Flora of Turkiye [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-10 12:51
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The genus Melampyrum consists of about 10-20 species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family OROBANCHACEAE (LAMIALES), native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are hemiparasites on other plants, obtaining some mineral nutrients from the host plant, though they are able to survive on their own without parasitising other plants.
The plants from this genus are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Mouse Moth.
There are three species of this genus in Turkiye;
... - Melampyrum cristatum
... - Melampyrum pratense
... - Melampyrum arvense - Pembeot, Bıldırcın Buğdayı [TR], Field Cow-wheat, Poverty Weed [EN], a hemiparasitic plant using a wide range of plants as hosts, especially grasses.
Field cow-wheat inhabits in altitudes of 150-2100 m. It flowers from May to September, the flowers being pollinated by bumblebees.
This annual plant occurs in Europe, extending to the Ural Mountains in the east, southern Sweden in the north and the northern Mediterranean in the south and also England. In recent years it has declined in France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. In Turkiye, this Euro-Siberian element is found especially northern sides, rarely Inner Anatolia [A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 B2 B7 B8 B10 squares in Davis' grid system]. The species is represented in Turkiye by two varietas:
... - Melampyrum arvense var. arvense
... - Melampyrum arvense var. elatius.
Later is endemic to Trabzon and Rize provinces in Eastern Black Sea (Karadeniz) Region. But nominotypic form has same distribution of the species.

Anonymous, 2010:
Melampyrum arvense var. arvense & Melampyrum arvense var. elatius, TÜBiVES - Türkiye Bitkileri Veri Servisi [Turkish Plants Data Service] [visited on March, 10th, 2010].
Anonymous, 2010: Field Cow-wheat (Melampyrum arvense), ARKive - Image of Life on Earth [visited on March, 10th, 2010].
Anonymous, 2010: [The genus] Melampyrum, WIPIPEDIA [visited on March, 10th, 2010].

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5106 W: 166 N: 13077] (48893)
  • [2010-03-10 12:59]

Hello Ahmet,
What a beauty! Fantastic light and colours, beautiful contrasting against the dark BG. Great sharpness and details. Good POV and composition.

Ciao Ahmet, splendid flower with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hocam bu ne güzel bir "ot". Küçük çiçekleri harika görünüyor. C4 de yok demişsiniz, o zaman mecburen Karadeniz yaylalarına çıkacağız bu tür için .
Elerinize sağlık

Hello Ahmet
this flower is superb ! with eye-catching colors and wonderful shape,
great sharpness, light and contrast with green Bg
have a good night

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-10 20:12]

Splendid colors and very nice details!

What a great and lovely flower today.
I like the colors and the light.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40570)
  • [2010-03-11 1:24]

Hello Ahmet,
A very fine picture of a special flower we don't se often on TN! We have the same species in Valais, but looking through my archives I noticed that I have no picture of them..
Very well presented by a pleasing picture and an interesting note.
Thanks a lot.
Have a nice day

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-11 2:25]

Salam Akhi Pof. ahmet,
very attractive composition of this lively flower. The colours are so attractive and pretty. The superb petal capture in so many layers make this presentation so special and unique.
well seen in great details.


Bonjour Ahmet,
Très intéressante publication avec cette belle macro permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Merhaba Ahmet.
Wow...how interesting form have this flower!Look very nice and have so lovely colors.
Beautiful picture.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

hello Ahmet
super sharpness and beautiful colours
great dtails and good light
greeting lou

Merhaba Ahmet,
Excellent capture with beautiful bright light, fantastic colours. Interesting to read that this species can be found in my country (even rare). I will try to find it! Iyi akşamlar,

Hello Ahmet,
Very beautiful flowers, very good sharpness, lovely colors, good clarity and excedllent details.

Salut Ahmet
C'est une très belle composition avec de beaux détails et une exposition très naturelle. Le background est très intéressant aussi et convient parfaitement à ce beau et délicat sujet.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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