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Prospero autumnale

Prospero autumnale
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 14:33
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Widespread in the Mediterranean area, this autumn flowering species looks similar wherever it is found, be it in Greece, Turkey or Spain. However, a closer look at the cellular level reveals that the obvious morphological uniformity strongly contrasts with an extraordinarily high variability concerning chromosome number and structure.

Prospero autumnale (L.) Speta, 1982
Syn.: Scilla autumnalis L.
Family: Liliaceae
Common names: Autumn Squill [En], Scille d'automne [Fr], Scilla autunnale [It]

This autumnal flowering plant is a miniature lily, like a tiny Bluebell, except that the flowers do not all hang downwards. Bulb 15-20mm in diameter, ovoid. Stems 5-20cm, minutely rough towards the base, up to twice as long as the mature leaves. Leaves 5-10 (absent or very short at flowering), 4-15cm × 1-2mm, usually erect (occasionally up to 4mm wide and more or less prostrate), narrowly linear and chanelled or subfiliform, hairless. Inflorescence an elongating 6- to 20-flowered raceme; pedicels 8-15mm, ascending. Perianth segments 3-5mm, pinkish-blue to lilac. Seeds 2 by 1mm, ellipsoid, black, finely rugulose.

Autumn squill is exceptional in many ways. Not only do populations often differ in their chromosome numbers (usually multiples of the chromosome base numbers of five, six or seven), but virtually every type of known chromosomal mutation has been reported from this plant. Furthermore, polyploidy - the presence of more than the normal two chromosome sets -- is frequently observed in Prospero autumnale. A change in the genomic constitution after polyploidization provokes a major challenge for the fine-tuned functioning of a cell. As a by-product of such changes, populations may become reproductively isolated, which is the hallmark of speciation.
Distribution: from southern England to the Caspian Sea, from Morocco to the northern Iraq.
Habitat: dry grasslands.

Article about the Dr. Hanna Schneeweiss Project, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Origin and genome evolution of chromosomal races in the polyploidy complex of Prospero autumnale, 2009.
The University of Reading Herbarium

marius-secan, Dis. Ac., bahadir, paolo49, ferranjlloret, boreocypriensis, siggi, oanaotilia has marked this note useful
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Hola Catherine

Bella imagen de estas pequeñas flores de color muy agradable, contrastes estupendos y un buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Good presentation and notes are also wonderful .
Good nights.

Ciaop Catherine. Fine details, soft light. Beautfiul natural colours. Refined shot.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-22 21:43]

Splendid photo, interesting Flower sp.Y find this species in Hungary in this autumn,TFS!

Hello Catherine,
A wonderful capture as usual with fine details, lovely colours and
excellent focus. Very good sharpness and clarity.

Hi Catherine,

this are an flower that i have been seen never before.
Good pov and sharpness, it looks even on my pictures.
Great blurred bg.
Fine colours.
The second name autumnalis says it flowering in the autumn, thats why latin names so important for me.
So I can find them and that's why I find so many rare species.


Very nice flower here Cat, nice light!


nice closeup, no need for the frame, greetings Ori

Hello Catherine, great macro shot of this beautiful flower. Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

superbe picture of this beautiful orchid with delicate coulours and good sharpness. The quite background let it stand out very well.

Delicadeza en el fondo y los colores Catherine, para una planta
que no recuerdo haber visto. Interesante y práctico formato.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Catherine,
very interesting image, light, colors and details very beautiful. Another nice picture. Best regards, Paolo

Hi Catherine,
nice pic of this Scilla, TFS Ferran

hello Catherine
super good light with beautiful colours very nice BG and great details
lovely shot
greeting lou

Bonjour Catherine,
Très belle macro finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Good morning dear,

A masterpiece with great composition and nice balanced exposure! Great contrasting BG! Superb!
I saw your e-mail a few mnts ago, i!ll reply you soon.
We are in examination week and i was very tired yesterday, so sorry for the delaying in reply you!
Have a great day dear Cathy!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-23 23:38]

Hello Catherine,

You know I love flowers.
A wonderful capture as usual with fine details, lovely colours and.
Very well presentation, nice done. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-23 23:42]

Hello Catherine,
Very nice and delicate photo. I like the soft light you used to obtain delicate details on the flower. Also the clear details of the flower on the blurry background looks great.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-24 2:23]

Salut Catherine,une macro parfaite,simple et contrasts tres bien joues parmi la lumiere qui baise le fleur et le derrier,mes plus gros compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Hy Catherine
As ussualy, an extraordinary image from you. Fine details and perfect focus just on the flowers.

Hi Catherine,
A fine capture of this Autumn beauty.TFS

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