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The dance of Chelidonium majus

The dance of Chelidonium majus
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Copyright: Fabrizio Menin (ciopper13) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 353] (1772)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P80
Exposure: f/8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 8:03
Viewed: 3112
Points: 32
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M.Rua m.416
Parco Naturale Colli Euganei
Greater celandine has an erect habit, and may reach 30 to 120 cm high. The leaves are lobed and crenate, 30 cm long. The sap is yellow to orange.
The flowers consist of four yellow petals, each about 1 cm long, with two sepals. A double-flowered variety occurs naturally. The flowers appear from late spring to summer in umbelliform cymes of about 4 flowers.
The seeds are small and black, borne in a long capsule. Each has an elaiosome, which attracts ants to disperse the seeds (myrmecochory).
It is considered an aggressive invasive plant in natural areas (both woods and fields). Control is mainly via pulling or spraying the plant before seed dispersal.The whole plant is toxic in moderate doses as it contains a range of isoquinoline alkaloids but there are numerous therapeutic uses when used at the correct dosage.[1] The main alkaloid present in the herb and root is coptisine. Other alkaloids present include berberine, chelidonine, sanguinarine and chelerythrine. Sanguinarine is particularly toxic with an LD50 of only 18 mg per kg body weight.[2] Despite this acute toxicity, sanguinarine is present in such small quantities that the LD50 dose would require >50g of raw herb to be ingested. Caffeic acid derivatives are also present.
The effect of the fresh herb is of a mild analgesic, cholagogic, antimicrobial, oncostatic[3] and central nervous system sedative. In animal tests, celandine is shown to be cytostatic. An immune stimulating effect has also been noted. Some studies show that the alkaloid extraction can have the same effects. The alkaloids are known to cause immobilization in mice after being taken orally or injected. The alkaloids cause limpness and tone reduction of smooth muscle in rabbits. The alkaloids are also noted to stimulate the heart and lungs of frogs, cats and dogs, raising the blood pressure and widening the arteries.
The latex could be employed as a caustic for healing small open wounds. Early studies of celandine showed that it causes contact dermatitis and eye irritation, particularly from contact with the poisonous red to yellow latex sap of the stem. This effect has not been observed in animal studies; no inflammation was observed in rabbit eye tests. The latex can leave a non-permanent stain. Stains on skin of the fingers are sometimes reported to cause eye irritation after rubbing the eyes or handling contact lenses. When any part of the plant causes eye irritation, wash it out with clear water and when needed seek medical help. The latex is also known to stain clothes.
The characteristic latex also contains proteolytic enzymes and the phytocystatin chelidostatin, a cysteine protease inhibitor. [4] These co-constituents could explain the topical use of greater celandine against warts and moles.The aerial parts and roots of greater celandine are used in herbalism. The above-ground parts are gathered during the flowering season and dried at high temperatures. The root is harvested in autumn between August and October and dried. The fresh rhizome is also used. Celandine has a hot and bitter taste. The latex has a narcotic fragrance.(Wikipedia)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-13 8:22]

Ciao Fabrizio,davvero eccellente questa idea! I fiori sono sempre quelli e se ne stanno fermi fermi,per cui e' sempre difficile inventarsi qualcosa di diverso,e tu ci sei riuscito.Ottima ache la qualita',il giallo e' sempre terribile da immortalare.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano

Hi Fabrizio,

Wonderful image of these two blooms, and as you say in your title dancing, lovely colours and great depth of field with good sharpness, fabulous picture here my friend,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-13 8:35]

Hello Fabrizio,
Surprising photo of these dancing flowers. They are standing in very beautiful light with their beautiful colours. Excellent sharpness, details, a great DOF and beautiful OOF BG.

Hello Fabrizio,
Beautiful flowers, nice close-up, sharpness, details, vivid colours are very good,
Thanks for sharing,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-04-13 8:52]

Ahahh!...Fabrizio titolo quanto mai appropriato!
Bellissima immagine. Ottimo il contrasto con uno splendido sfondo sfumato.
Eccellenti i dettagli , in particolare quelli dei boccioli.
Bellissima anche la luce.
ciao! vanda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-13 8:53]

Ciao Fabrizio,
A superb capture!
The position of these two Chelidonium majus flowers is great and taken from a fine POV.
The sharpness, DOF and natural colours are great and the composition that includes other flower buds is excellent.
Nice to view!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Fabrizio,
really beautiful photo of these flowers. Amazing colours, excellent point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

great dance, greetigns Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-13 11:15]

Hello Fabrizio,
a wonderful flowers, the colours is phantastic and you captured it with good DOF and a perfect POV.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Fabrizio,
Foto capolavoro e titolo azzeccato!
Impressionanti dettagli e gestione del giallo.
Sfondo intigante e colorato.

Hi Fabrizio,
Really well done. Love the bright yellow colors and the greenery. Nice focus and wonderful details of this beutiful flower. Dancing maybe, but to me they look like they are high-fiving. Well done.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-13 22:06]

Hi Fabrizio,
Splendid photo of this Plant, very good colors and details, TFS!

Ciao Fabrizio, molto bello questo grappolo di fiori. Ci sono stato stato qualche settimana fa sui colli e ho visto che potenzialmente sono un terreno molto ricco di prede fotografiche.Vista la tua immagine, credo che appena possibile ci torneṛ da quelle parti. Un saluto, Paolo

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2011-04-14 12:06]

Hello Fabrizio,

I really like this picture and the title you gave to it is just perfect!!! I can easily imagine that lovely couple dancing on the grassy dance floor :)

The bg is wonderful showing us the environment but also engancing the joyful dancers!

Very well done and presented!!!



Hallo Fabrizio
I am sure if you cannot sleep at night you do not count sheep but you count all the gorgeous flowers you have captured in your life time. What a collection you have, and this one you share with us today is just as pretty. I just love the "dance movement" portrayed by the flower's petals.Once again a great macro which is really praiseworthy. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Lovely shot, and indeed they seem to be dancing or kissing. Good note as well.

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