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Acanthus mollis


Acanthus mollis
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Copyright: Luis alberto (semprempe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Digital, 18-55 Canon EFS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2012-04-19 11:07
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Acanthus mollis
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Acanthus mollis


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Acanthus
Species: A. mollis
Binomial name
Acanthus mollis
L., 1753


Acanthus mollis, commonly known as Bear's Breeches or "Oyster Plant", is a herbaceous perennial plant with an underground rhizome in the genus Acanthus.

The name of the genus derives from the Greek term ἄκανθα ("ákantha") meaning "thorn", referring to the thorn-bearing sepals, while the Latin name of the species "mollis" meaning "smooth", refers to the leaves texture.
Acanthus mollis reaches on average 30–80 centimetres (12–31 in) of height, with a maximum of 180 centimetres (71 in), inflorescence included. It has basal clusters of deeply lobed and cut, shining dark green leaves, soft to the touch, up to 40 centimetres (16 in) long and 25 centimetres (9.8 in) broad, with a long petiole. The inflorescence is a long cylindrical spike 30–40 centimetres (12–16 in) long and can produce up to 120 flowers. The flowers are tubular, whitish, lilac or rose. Each flower is up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in) long and it is surrounded by three green or purplish bracts. The central bract is spiny and larger than the other two. The calyx has two lips, the upper is purple on the top, rather long and forms a kind of "helmet" on top of the corolla. The corolla is reduced to a white lower lip, trilobed, with a purple-pink vanation. The four stamens are fused to the corolla and look like tiny brushes. This species flowers in late spring or early summer, from May through August.

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Hello Luis
Beautiful floral composition, sharpness and beautiful natural colors, shame about the lack of light at the top of the flower compliments TFS.
Hello Nico

Bonjour Luis,
Agréable valorisation du sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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