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Castanea sativa


Castanea sativa
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): arbres - trees, Plants of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 15:26
Viewed: 4519
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa, family Fagaceae), also known as the Spanish Chestnut, is a species of chestnut native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor. It is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree attaining a height of 20-35 m with a trunk often 2 m in diameter. The oblong-lanceolate, boldly toothed leaves are 16-28 cm long and 5-9 cm broad.
The flowers of both sexes are borne in 10-20 cm long, upright catkins, the male flowers in the upper part and female flowers in the lower part. They appear in late June to July, and by autumn, the female flowers develop into spiny cupules containing 3-7 brownish nuts that are shed during October.
The bark often has an unmistakable, yet beautifully net-shaped (retiform) pattern, due to the fact that its deep furrows or fissures do not only run spirally in one direction up the trunk, they often do so in an opposite direction as well and when the two directions meet this criss-cross effect becomes distinctly visible.
The tree requires a mild climate and adequate moisture for good growth and a good nut harvest. It is sensitive to late spring and early autumn frosts, and is intolerant of lime. Under forest conditions it will tolerate moderate shade well.

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The image is taken in the mountain range from the Montnegre in Catalunya.

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Hola Ferran,
I love the Castanas both to eat and as a tree. It is even a greater pleasure to pick them.
I like your presentation very much it shows how castanas grow and picked.
I find your image too blue - so I will do a workshop.
TFS - Shir

Hola Ferran, bones les castanyes sembla que ja es puguin agafar de la foto, bona presa. Salutacions.

Hola Ferran, bonita composición y gran nitidez con unos colores muy otoñales. Un cordial saludo

Hola Ferran,
una foto molt nitida, com diu carmia sembla que es puguin agafar. Salut

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