Müge - Lily Of The Valley
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|Convallaria majalis - L. Lily Of The Valley|
Kingdom: PlantaeDivision: Magnoliophyta
Class: LiliopsidaOrder: Asparagales
Species: C. majalis
Known Hazards: All parts of the plant are poisonous. However, the toxic principle is very poorly absorbed when taken orally so poisoning is unlikely to occur. The leaves can be a mild skin irritant.
Range: Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia to Spain east to N.E. Asia, Greece and the Caucasus.
Habitat: Dry shady woodland, usually on calcareous soils, and especially in ash woodlands.
Physical Characteristics: Perennial growing to 0.15m by 0.3m. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires dry moist or wet soil.
Medicinal Uses: (Antispasmodic, Cardiotonic; Diuretic; Emetic; Febrifuge; Laxative; Poultice; Sedative.) Lily of the valley has a long and proven reputation in herbal medicine in the treatment of heart complaints. It contains the glycosides convallarin and convallamarin which are powerful cardiac tonics and diuretics and are also used in allopathic medicine. However, because of the plants potential toxic properties it should never be used without expert advice. All parts of the plant are antispasmodic, cardiotonic, strongly diuretic, emetic, febrifuge, laxative and sedative. The plant is usually harvested when in flower and can be dried for later use, though it is stronger acting when fresh. The inflorescence is said to be the most active medicinally and is often harvested separately. An infusion of the flowers and roots is a digitalis substitute (obtained from Digitalis species), though less powerful, that is especially useful in the treatment of valvula heart diseases, cardiac debility, dropsy and chronic lung problems such as emphysema. Lily of the valley encourages the heart to beat more slowly, regularly and efficiently, at the same time it is strongly diuretic, reducing blood volume and lowering blood pressure. Its effect is less cumulative than digitalis which makes it safer for elderly patients. It is often prescribed combined with the fruits of Crataegus spp. An ointment made from the roots is used in the treatment of burns and to prevent scar tissue.
*Source: Prof. Dr. Necmeddin ZEYBEK - Phrmaceutical Botany
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- [2008-04-06 9:42]
Nice shot, simple but beautiful
- [2008-04-06 9:42]
Lovely shot of the Lily of the Valley, nicely composed shot with a nice diagonal pose, very nicely lit against the black BG, good exposure too.
Fevzi bey , nefis bir komp. ve ışık kullanımı olmuş , zevkli bir fotoğraf , elinize sağlık .
- [2008-04-06 9:57]
Great macro. sharp details and good white balance of the little bells against the black background.
- [2008-04-06 10:04]
You've got a beautiful capture of my favourite flower, the Lily of the Valley. I can almost smell the scent!! Exellent composition and in fine natural light. Great sharpness and beautiful colours too. Well done!
We have them growing here too but they won't be out for some time yet.
TFS and regards, Ulla
Un hermoso trabajo en diagonal.
Buen bg y excelente DoF.
Un cordial saludo, JL.
This is beautiful, Fevzi!
The petals are nice and detailed, they show up perfectly against the dark b/g and I love the diagonal composition!
- [2008-04-06 12:15]
Excellent capture of a lovely specimen.
Very comprehensive note.
lovely capture not easy getting white right against black, but it sets off the delicate flowers perfectly great notes to.
- [2008-04-07 13:51]
A really smart and aesthetic composition with an excellent note.
Best regards mf,
- [2008-04-07 14:43]
Merhaba Fevzi Bey,
Cok şık bir fotograf. Koyu fon ve detaylar cok guzel.Tebrikler
- [2008-05-03 13:55]
merhaba fevzi bey..
Mükemmel bir çalışma...tebrikler...