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Fritillaria meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Daffodil, Chess Flower, Frog-cup, Guinea-hen Flower, Leper Lily, Snake's Head (the original English name) or (in northern Europe) simply Fritillary) is a Fritillary, a flower from the family Liliaceae.
The flower has a chequered reddish-brown, purple, white and grey colouration, sometimes mostly white. It flowers from March to May and grows between 15 and 40 cm in height. It has a round bulb, about 2 cm in diameter which contains poisonous alkaloids.
The plant is commonly found growing in grasslands in damp soils and river meadows. It can be found at altitudes up to 800 metres.
It is native to Europe, but in many places, including France, Slovenia and Romania it is an endangered species that is rarely found in the wild, but is common in horticulturists' gardens. It is the only species of Fritillary native to Great Britain, growing in traditional grass meadows. Due to changing land usage, it is now quite rare in the wild. The Meadow of Magdalen College, Oxford, the village of Ducklington, Oxfordshire (which holds a Fritillary Sunday festival), and the North Meadow National Nature Reserve, Wiltshire are some of the best locations to view this flower. In 2002 it was chosen as the County flower of Oxfordshire following a poll by the wild flora conservation charity Plantlife.
In Croatia, the flower is known as kockavica and is associated by some with the country's national symbol.
The Leper Lily is the official flower of the Swedish province of Uppland, where it grows in large quantities every spring at the meadows in Kungsängen, just outside Uppsala, also giving the flower its Swedish name, kungsängslilja. In Sandemar strandängar (Sandemar beach meadows), a nature reserve west of the village Dalarö in Stockholm archipelago in Sweden has the Snake's Head Fritillary also found a locale where it can flourish in abundance.
In Hungarian: Mocsári kockásliliom
In Romanian: Laleaua Pestriță
In English: Snake's Head Fritillary
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Frumoasa floare surprinsa in culori foarte placute. Detaliile sunt si ele bune insa eu n-as fi incadrat floarea exact in mijlocul imaginii.
Faina captura, Nu am intalnit inca aceasta interesanta floare. Frumoase culori si claritatea cu totul deosebita. Foarte bine surprisa la nivelul solului.
What a lovely clean and simple image with good effect, the bloom is the centre of focus, but the leaves are so wild and effective to the composition,
Csaba you have done a awesome job here with this picture, one little nick pick, a small crop off the left would improve the composition,
Congratulations and well done,
a very beautiful macro shot of Fritillaria meleagris, good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent low point of view in a nice composition
amazing capture of this fritilary, TFS Ori
- [2011-04-10 21:36]
Hol virágzik ez a szép lilom? Nagyon szép fotó, tökéletes az élesség, jók a színek!
- [2011-04-11 12:57]
A fine portrayal of Fritillaria meleagris showing the whole plant in flower. I like the low POV and the DOF that gives a fine sharpness and OOF natural BG in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,
- [2011-04-12 0:35]
Excellent photo of a very beautiful flower taken from a perfect low POV. Good sharpness, depth of field and OOF BG. I agree with Paul about the composition.