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Leucanthemum monspeliense

Leucanthemum monspeliense
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus E 30, ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm 1:2.0
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-07 15:34
Viewed: 3779
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The flower

Leucanthemum monspeliense, Linneae - H.J. Costes, 1913 is a perennial of three to six decimetres, erected or ascending, glabrous, branched. It is part of the Asteraceae family and Leucanthemum genus. Its common name is « Marguerite de Montpellier » or « Marguerite des Cévennes ».

The leaves are alternate along the stem, two to three times deeply divided and toothed on their edges. The divisions are separated with narrowly lanceolate, linear or filiform lobes.

Flowers in capitula are all alike, not papilionacea. They are tight against each other and arranged at the end of branching stems. The receptacle is flat or slightly curved, but never in cone.

The involucre is composed of many bracts edged with brown overlapping.

The flower heads are central tube-shaped, yellow, while the peripheral flowers, arranged in a single row, are shaped strip of white. Hence the name of this plant: λευχόσ (white) and άνθημα (bouquet) - literally « white flowers of the perimeter ». The yellow flowers have a central tube slightly flattened, and with five small teeth.

 The stamens and pistils are found on the same plant, thus bringing the two sexes. The stamens are indistinct, welded into a tube through which passes the style.


Rochers du Plateau central et des Cévennes ; Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Loire, Ardèche, Lozère, Tarn, Aveyron, Gard, Hérault, Corbiéres, Pyrénées-Orientales.

Flowers language

In the language of flowers, it said "youthful beauty."

Properties of the plant

In herbal medicine, dried flowers are used in brewing. It has antispasmodic, sedative, digestive, astringent like chamomile, which is the same family.

Tales and Legends

The folklore of this species is abundant: young boys and girls in the spring to pluck the truth about their loves, and the last ray leafless always gives the answer often is the one we wanted. You can decline the following formulas: "he (she) loves me, a little, passionately, madly, not at all ...." But many other forms, generally less poetic exist: "Will I, wife, daughter, widow, religious ..." "A young, one old, a widower ...." Or, "Paradise, purgatory, hell ..." "house, hut, castle ..."

The photograph

The picture was produced in the late morning sun. I used a macro lens. The camera is set to aperture priority mode. The aperture is f/10, for a sufficient depth of field. With a sensitivity of iso-250 iso-200 iso-160 with a speed of 1 / 500 th of a second. The superposition of three images per photomatix pro provides image shown.

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hello phillpe, fantastic macro-shot from a lovely plant...thanks a lot...

Hola philippe

Una imagen super agradable, con estos colores tenues, que deja perfectamente entrever la estructura total de esta especie de margarita grande. Una imagen muy bien hecha y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bon soir Phillipe,
The details in your photo are very interesting and so are your detailed notes!

The square framing works very well in this case, so does the dark border.

The pollen dust on the petals adds interest and contrast to the white petals.

Your photographic technique is perfect and your work just proves, how a good photo tells a good story.

It is truly a pleasure to view your work.

Bonne nuit,
Salutations de l'Afrique de Sud

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