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Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 550 D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-15 7:23
Viewed: 2541
Points: 8
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This robust member of the Arum family (Araceae) can grow to over a metre in height. The flower is foul-smelling but spectacular in appearance with its velvety black spathe and shiny deep-maroon spadix. The berries are carried in a large oblong-shaped head and are an intense orange-red when ripe. The leaves of the plant are a deep green and often streaked with white.

Common Dragon Arum is a plant of low altitudes, but it enjoys a variety of habitats including roadsides, garrigue, fields and hedgerows. It flowers from April to July and can be found throughout the Mediterranean region, although not on Cyprus.

We found plenty of these growing in an olive grove. it was a shame they were not fully open but still a striking plant.

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hello Anita
super good sharpness picture with good details of this beautiful flower
I like this flower who i have seen on Kreta
with a lot of beetle,s inside the flower
greeting lou

Hello Anita,
a great picture of this Arum flower with great sharpness and very good natural colour.
well captured picture,
best wishes.
PS: Anita is very much Indian name, do you know it? :)

nice long capture, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-19 2:35]

Very lovely capture of this "LIttle Dragon" (its name in Latin). I found them a nice bound on our Rhodes trip two years go.

All the best,


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