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small plant of great use

small plant of great use
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DG Macro, @ ISO 400, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 4:18
Viewed: 6061
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
As Radek (cicindela) has already shown you the nice area of Tivatska Solila, I have decided to focus on the plant that gives it the unique colour in the autumn. It is:

Salicornia herbacea L. - saltwort
Family: Amaranthaceae

Generally, Salicornia is a genus of succulent, salt tolerant plants that grows in salt marshes, on beaches, and among mangroves. Various species (ca. 60) are native to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The plants are small, usually less than 30 cm tall, succulent herbs with a jointed horizontal main stem and erect lateral branches. The leaves are small and scale-like and as such the plant may appear leafless. Many species are green, but their foliage turns red in autumn. The hermaphrodite flowers are wind pollinated, and the fruit is small and succulent containing a single seed.

Salicornia are food plants for the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Coleophora case-bearers C. atriplicis and C. salicorniae (the latter feeds exclusively on Salicornia).

Several Salicornia species are highly edible for people. They can be cooked, either steamed or microwaved, and then coated in butter. After cooking, they resemble seaweed in colour, and the flavour and texture are like young spinach stems or asparagus, and despite its texture when raw, after cooking is not at all stringy or tough. Some species are used to produce a valuable edible oil.

The ashes of saltwort were long used as a source of soda ash (mainly Sodium carbonate) for glassmaking and soapmaking.
There are even experimental fields of Salicornia in Eritrea, Africa and Sonora, Mexico aimed at the production of biodiesel.

Such a small plant with such great possibilities :-)

Source: Wikipedia

anel, cataclysta, Alex99, uleko, horia, cicindela, CatherineD, Dis. Ac., Evelynn, jazdzurka, Michau has marked this note useful
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-18 4:49]

hello Cedryk,
An original posting with an unknown plant and an interesting note. You had an excellent light to bring out the beauty of this succulent plant. I was also very curious to read your excellent note and I must say if this plant tastes like asparagus and spinach I'm very eager to taste it once!
Thanks a lot

nice pic, I like eating this plant, TFS Ori

Czesc Misiu
Fajne zdjecie i chyba pierwsza taka prezentacja na TN. Ladnie naswietlone, ladnie skomponowane z bardzo ciekawa notka

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-18 22:21]

Hi Michal.
You have presented this beautiful plant by the best way. I like all components of the photo. Great POV and framing. Brilliant sharpness and details of the entire scene, nice lights and impressive shadows and wonderful exact colours. DOF is selected perfectly and BG is blurred very well. My compliments and TFS..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-19 5:06]

Hello Cedryk,
What a great idea to show us a close-up of this pink succulent so dominating and beautiful in Radomir's latest post. You must have a great time on your 'discovery journeys' together! I expect this must grow here too but I can't recall having seen this specific species. I like your presentation showing great sharpness and beautiful colours. The sandy background makes an excellent background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-19 8:59]
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Hi Michal

Nice to see you back here and i hope you had a great trip together with Radek and Krzysztof. As i told them, since i have a great admiration for your field work and long distances you travel in order to study different and always fascinating new elements, i would really love it if we could meet on one of your next year's trips. I feel i could really learn a lot from your team and since your mostly traveling south, perhaps we could do it in Romania or passing through here, even more south. Anyway...just an idea :)

This is a very simple shot but one with a lot of meaning.
It's amazing how a small plant like this, probably ignored by most people that walk by it, can have so much meaning in life. I think this is why your post is so valuable...it makes people think and look around them more carefully.
The details are terrific and very sharp, the colors and nice and the DOF is spot-on.
Wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hehehe! No rzeczywiscie jest to na swoj sposob szczegol ;)
Fajna fotka, nie jestem pewien, ale chyba nikt wczesniej nie pokazywal tego slonorosla na TN.
Dobry detal i kolorystyka.

Hello Michal,
Very interesting post. The plant is well presented, with nice colours. I like the shadow. Very useful info too. And this plant is really delicious too. Best regards,

Hi Michal,

great capture and very nice pov.
Sharp weith xellent details.

What a wonderfully sharp image. It's a perfect botanical illustration. Nice work.

Evelynn ; )

Cześć Michał
Bardzo ciekawa prezentacja.
Zdjęcie dobre, ostre. Bardzo dobry kontrast między rośliną i szarym, jednolitym tłem.
Bardzo ciekawa notka.

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