<< Previous Next >>

Ripening Mandrake

Ripening Mandrake
Photo Information
Copyright: Umar Ulyn (goatman04) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 961 W: 2 N: 1863] (10573)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/1.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-29 9:11
Viewed: 2001
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mandrake is the common name for members of the plant genus Mandragora belonging to the nightshades family (Solanaceae). Because mandrake contains deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids such as hyoscyamine and the roots sometimes contain bifurcations causing them to resemble human figures, their roots have long been used in magic rituals, today also in neopagan religions such as Wicca and Germanic revivalism religions such as Odinism. (It is alleged that magicians would form this root into a crude resemblance to the human figure, by pinching a constriction a little below the top, so as to make a kind of head and neck, and twisting off the upper branches except two, which they leave as arms, and the lower, except two, which they leave as legs.)

The mandrake, Mandragora officinarum, is a plant called by the Arabs luff‚h, or beid el-jinn ("djinn's eggs"). The parsley-shaped root is often branched. This root gives off at the surface of the ground a rosette of ovate-oblong to ovate, wrinkled, crisp, sinuate-dentate to entire leaves, 6 to 16 inches long, somewhat resembling those of the tobacco-plant. There spring from the neck a number of one-flowered nodding peduncles, bearing whitish-green flowers, nearly 2 inches broad, which produce globular, succulent, orange to red berries, resembling small tomatoes, which ripen in late spring. All parts of the mandrake plant are poisonous. The plant grows natively in southern and central Europe and in lands around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as on Corsica.

CeltickRanger, lovenature, devildoc, cobra112, marius-secan has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-29 12:22]

Hello Umar,
very nice shot of this interesting plant.Well-done.Regards Siggi

Hello Umar

Excellent composition of this plant and fruits,
beautiful light, great focus, sharpness,
details and contrast, TFS


  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-29 15:39]

Hi Umar,very interesting specie and a magnficent pic from the ground,i like the original composition,perfect exposure and great details,it lloks like a secret hidden on the forest ground.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Umar
This is a very interesting plant with lots of facts. I think most people would just walk by not knowing anything about this amazing little plant. Thanks for sharing information about this plant.

Interesting subject Umar ! Nice photo with wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.
My best wishes for the New Year


Although not particularly photographic, you have shown this species in its natural fruiting state and with good focus. Note is of interest. TFS


Ciao Umar. Amazing playing of light trought the old leaves. Beautiful colours.


  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-30 11:53]

Hello Umar,
What a special plant and fruits. Beautiful colours in good sharpness and a nice composition.
Sorry, out of smileys today.
The best wishes for the new year to you and your family.

Hello Umar,
Wish You a Happy Prosperous New Year 2013
a nice picture with great composition.
best wishes MF.

Hello Umar,
First of all I wish you a prosperous HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2013!!!
No doubt a splendid image. The details and colors of this very nice and interesting plant are great. I love the superb contrast against the brown surroundings. Thanks for visiting my gallery! I am sorry I have no more green smiles left!

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-02 5:39]

Salam Umar,
really a special natural image in its purest nature. With the fruits and its surrounding, along with the birds feather scattered there. It a lovely presentation of the wildderness style.
Good sharing


  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-03 7:12]

Hello Umar
This is a very nice composition.The image is also sharp with beautiful natural colours.
TFS & happy new year Michel

Calibration Check