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Saponaria cypria

Saponaria cypria
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Copyright: Andreas Paradisis (Nature-cy) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 23] (176)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-22 6:41
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Points: 24
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Family: Caryophyllaceae
Scientific name: Saponaria cypria
Common Name (English): Cyprus Soapwort

An erect or spreading perennial, 8-20(-35) cm high, with a thick, branched woody rootstock. Basal leaves loosely clustered, glabrous or thinly ciliate* at base of petiole, spathulate, obovate or oblanceolate, 2,5-5 cm long, 0,5-1,5 cm wide. Cauline leaves distinctly smaller and narrow, the upper densely glandular-villose*. Flowers solitary, or in lax cymes, occasionally congested, opening in the evening, closing about noon of the following day. Calyx cylindrical, about 2,5 cm long and 0,5 cm wide, densely glandular-villose. Petals pink, 3-4 cm long. Capsule cylindrical, about 2 cm long, 0,4-0,5 cm wide, mostly concealed by the persistent calyx, opening by 4 deeply cleft, subacute teeth. Seeds compressed, reniform*, about 2 mm long, and a little less in width.

Habitat: On screes and rocky mountainsides, on open or under pines, or by streamlets. Confined to igneous formations.
Altitude: (1000) 1350-1950 m.
Flowering: July-October
Endemism: Endemic to Cyprus

* ciliate=Minute hairlike organelles, resembling to eyelashes.
* glandular-villose= Rough hair with glandes.
* reniform= Kidney shaped.


1. Flora of Cyprus-Volume One (R. D. Meikle-1977)

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-11-22 6:59]

Giasou Andreas,
Fine framing, beautiful photo ..
Perfect lighting and detail, natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-22 7:06]

Hello Andreas,
Very nice photo in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Good DOF and diagonal composition.

hello Andreas
super sharpness composition with beautiful colours and great details
thanks greeting lou

Hi Andreas, Great photo.Excellent composition, nice colours and good sharpness.TFS

Very good point of view showing both the flower and the interesting glandular calyx. Good detail and composition. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-22 10:32]

Hello Andreas.
I like these beautiful flowers with that fantastic lilac colour. A pretty arrangement, thanks and best regards Siggi

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία Ανδρέα
Όμορφα χρώματα και πολύ καλή ευκρίνεια.
Καλή σου μέρα,

Hi Andreas,
interesting species, new for my
TFS & regards, Ferran

nice endemic, TFS Ori

Hallo Andreas
I like this, the colours are pure, the flower simple and so touching. Beautiful! The fine anthers in the middle of the flower is lovely and the natural sunlight is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Andreas, Superb and strong composition, splendid lighting and lovely colours tones, great effort here my friend and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-09 7:06]

Hi Andreras!
Sorry, I was in ther mountain and I had problems with Internet.
Very nice image of Saponaria, captured from a very good POV. Excellent sharpness and fine details.
Nice light.
Ciao! Vanda

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