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Peganum harmala

Peganum harmala
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-17
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants of Catalonia, Plants of Europe I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-17 13:43
Viewed: 3406
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Harmal (Peganum harmala) is a plant of the family Nitrariaceae, native from the eastern Mediterranean region east to India. It is also known as Wild Rue or Syrian Rue because of its resemblance to plants of the rue family.
It is a perennial plant which can grow to about 0.8 m tall, but normally it is about 0.3 m tall. The roots of the plant can reach a depth of up to 6.1 m, if the soil it is growing in is very dry. It blossoms between June and August in the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers are white and are about 2.5–3.8 cm in diameter. The round seed capsules measure about 1–1.5 cm in diameter, have three chambers and carry more than 50 seeds.
Peganum harmala was first planted in the United States in 1928 in the state of New Mexico by a farmer wanting to manufacture the dye "Turkish Red" from its seeds. Since then it has spread invasively to Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
"Because it is so drought tolerant, African rue can displace the native saltbushes and grasses growing in the salt-desert shrub lands of the Western U.S."

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This photo is taken in Flix, Ribera d’Ebre (T), Cataloni.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-17 22:25]

good angle. nice sharpness. a special species. good lighting makes the image beautiful.

Excellent and unusual photo of the fruit of this interesting plant. Its very rare with us in Cyprus. regards yiannis

Hallo Ferran
What a very interesting plant and how beautiful is the presentation. It has an artistic affect and is very eye-catching. Your notes are also very fascinating. I very much like the one at the bottom that is blurred out, but at the same time throws a shadow on the background. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Nice shot of this plant ferran, I saw in your gallery a lot of pictures from meijendel. I used to come here so often, it is a nice dune area, next week I hope to find Epipactis helleborine neerlandica there


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-18 0:56]

Hello Ferran,
A very special photo of a plant I don't recognise. Excellent sharpness, details and compositon, but most of all I like the matching colours. A beauty!

nice to see its fruit, TFS Ori

hello Ferran
Very nice composition with good sharpness and great details
lovely colours to
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ferran,
what a nice and interesting photo of this plant. Amazing colours. Great sharpness exactly on the object.
Have a nice week,

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