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Silybum marianum

Silybum marianum
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus E 30, ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm 1:2.0, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 15:30
Viewed: 3247
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

Silybum marianum is a biennial plant of large size. Its appearence is erected, with at its basis a whorl of large glossy green leaves. The lower leaves are deeply cut with yellow orange spines. They are shiny and their ribs are speckled with white.

The flowers are collected in large globose inflorescence globose. Pink purple, they are almost all of tubular type. The involucre is sub globose.

A feature of this plant is the yellow-orange color from the thorns above bracts, as shown in the photograph.

The plant is relatively common in southern areas close from pastures and roadsides.

Properties of the plant

This plant is known to treat certain poisonings or festive overeating. The ancient Greeks already knew the properties juice to treat liver and bile. Pliny the Elder recommended drinking the juice of the plant mixed with honey to remove excess bile. The plant extracts were also recommended to address snakebites.

Myths andLegends

The English name as well as Latin or French, comes from a legend of the Middle Ages. The Virgin Mary, wanting to hide Jesus to the Herod the Great soldiers, concealed him beneath the broad leaves of a thistle. In his haste, a few drops of milk fell from her breast on thistle leaves giving them their white ribs color.

Popular myths tell us that this Chardon, grown along a wall, prevent intruders from entering. By burning in the chimney they are also suppose to avoid storm hazard.

True or false, make your own opinion.


The picture was taken during the morning sun. I used a macro lens. The camera is set to aperture priority mode. The aperture is f/16, for a sufficient depth of field. With a sensitivity of iso-400, the speed is 1 / 125 th of a second.

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Hello Philippe,
What a way to photograph a "Cardo Mariano" Good job!, perfect focus and POV marvelous!
TFS, Regards,

Hi Philippe

Great shot of this thistle. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Good POV and composition too.


Hola philippe

A esta planta si no me equivoco, nosotros le llamamos "cardo borriquero", y se encuentra en muchos campos, si miras en las que yo he puesto veras alguna, o son similares.

Una muy buena toma de esta planta, que tiene unos colores fantasticos.

Un saludo Antonio

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