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Cynomorium coccineum

Cynomorium coccineum
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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: 2009-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 11:52
Viewed: 4380
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cynomorium coccineum has a native distribution across the Mediterranean (including parts of northern Africa) and Saudi Arabia. This plant does not have any leaves; in fact it doesn’t produce any chlorophyll at all. Instead, it derives energy by parasitizing the roots of other salt-tolerant (halophytic) plants.
Cynomorium coccineum spends most of its life underground as a rhizome. The thick, fleshy stems emerge from the soil after the winter rain, and can reach 15-30 cm. The stems can range in colour from dark red to almost black. Tiny scarlet flowers are so densely packed along the stems that it is almost impossible to see individual flowers. Instead, they give the whole stem a fuzzy texture.
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Es una planta perenne, rizomatosa, parásita, con una altura que oscila entre 10-30 cm posee un color púrpura oscuro. Durante el invierno tiene un periodo de reposo vegetativo en el que la parte aérea desaparece. El periodo de rebrote comienza a final de invierno, creciendo paulatinamente hasta el momento de su floración en plena primavera. Hojas sentadas, escamosas y de hasta de 8 mm. Inflorescencia terminal, espiciforme, tan gruesa como el tallo. Flores pediceladas, actinomorfas, unisexuales, con perianto simple, petaloideo. Las flores son de las más pequeñas de las angiospermas, las masculinas con perianto formado por 5-7 piezas libres y un estambre, a diferencia de las femeninas, con 3-5 piezas soldadas al ovario, semiínfero y monocarpelar, con un rudimento seminal. Fruto aqueniforme, de unos 2 mm. Semilla esférica y lisa, de 1 mm.

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This photo is taken in Plage Blanche, Morocco

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Waw, what interesting capture!\I never see one think like this!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-18 12:05]

Hi Ferran,

Very interesting capture. Perfect detail, exceptional color. Description is the top super. Thanks for this opportunity we've given her to see and be informed about this plant.
Good night,

Hello Ferran,
Very interesting capture. Nice colors and details. What a strange plant! TFS,

Hi Ferran,

Stunning capture of these spectacular plant having no leafs which i saw firstly thanks to you! Great notes too.
TFS and have a nice night and new week MF!


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-10-18 13:26]

Terrific capture of this beautiful parasite, showing well the plant and it habitat.

Well done!


  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-10-18 16:20]

Deunidó que bonica Ferran !
Bona visió i amb quatre tocs has creat un treball preciós. És d'aquelles fotos -com d'altres teves- que al menys a mi em fan pensar i em transportan a la zona i em donen ganes d'agafar un avió i marxar unes setmanes ...


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-18 18:22]

Hello Ferran,
This is a new one for me, but you have shown it off wonderfully!! Great detail and just the right amount of exposure!! TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-18 22:52]

Hello Ferran,
Excellent capture of the flowering stems of this parasitic plant, Cynomorium coccineum, growing in its sandy habitat. The sharpness, colours and lighting are excellent and the tiny flowers are well seen. I presume the pollinators are small insects. The seeds must be tinier than the flowers and likely to be wind-dipersed.
Thanks for this excellent contribution, not seen on TN before!
Have a good week,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-19 3:49]

Bonjour Ferran,
Des plantes vraiment exceptionnelles, quelque chose que l'on ne voit pas tous les jours. Je suis toujours très contente de voir ce genre de posting original. Et merci aussi pour la note explicative.
Meilleures pensées

nice plant, in Israel it is very rare, did not see it yet, greetings Ori

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-19 6:37]

Hi Ferran,
this one look very strange and special to me.
Superbsly presented with great natural view of its snady surroundings.
A different species to look at.
thanks for sharing.


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  • waisum (55)
  • [2009-10-19 8:18]

Hi Ferran,

Very interesting flora species. Thanks for the notes. It teaches me to strive in adverse condition.


Hola Ferran,
bellissima ed interessante immagine di questa pianta molto particolare, ottima definizione e splendidi colori ricchi di sfumature, una gradevole composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Saludos cordiales

Hello Ferran
very great shot of this interesting plant, and very good note
wonderful contrasting colors and fine details
very well done and have a good night

Bonjour Ferran,
Très intéressante et originale publication ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Dear Ferran,

I find it very interesting, how often parasitic plants are so beautiful...

Does Cynomorium coccineum kill the host? Frequently parasites do that, thus "cutting off the branch on which they sit"

Your photo is like all your work very precise in execution and a pleasure to view.

I hope to see you around the site,
and I wish you a good week
Warm Regards

Its wonderful to see this new plant for me. Good composition. regards yiannis

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