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Copyright: Ishi Talmon (Ishi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-29 12:37
Viewed: 5671
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first sighting this year of the flowers of mandrake, Mandragora autumnalis (= officinalis) [Solanaceae], a plant known from biblical times (see Genesis, 30, 14) as an aphrodisiac, and for its therapeutic properties, probably due to the narcotic substances found in the fruit, especially in the seeds. Its relation to the tomato was the reason the vegetable was first greeted with suspicion when introduced into Europe from the New World. The long root sometimes resembles the human body, and so it is depicted in ancient herbals. That further attributed magic properties to the plant.

The plant is quite common in our Mediterranean regions, blooming from December to March. This particular specimen has its flowers not completely open yet.

The fruit resembles a small tomato. Hope to show it in due time…

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Miss_Piggy: MandrakeIshi 1 01-12 02:27
To nirmalroberts: Happy 2008!Ishi 1 01-01 08:09
To CatStevens: Thanks!Ishi 1 12-30 10:10
To matatur: Thanks!Ishi 1 12-30 10:09
To NinaM: Thanks!Ishi 1 12-30 10:07
To rundive: Thanks!Ishi 1 12-29 12:52
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Hi Ishi,

very strange flower brrrr.Never seen befor. The compo and the Focus are very good.
Regards and happy new year


I love the colour here,
excellent detail and very informative note.

Hi Ishi,
You've captured a perfect aspect of Mandragora flowers and leaves in this scientifically perfect shot. The colors are quite natural despite the harsh lighting and the deep DOF rendered every part of the plant sharply focused. Good work and TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-30 5:54]
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Hi Ishi, thank you for posting a fine picture of an intriguing plant. I had never seen the flowers of this plant, it is beautiful and you captured it very well, with a lot of details and perfect DOF. Thank you,


Hello Ishi,
I never knew that there is a flower called Mandrake. I only knew about the 'Magician Mandrake', and my OS 'Mandrake Linux'.
It's a beautiful flower. Thanks a lot for sharing the picture and information.
Wishing you a very very Happy New Year 2008.
- Nirmal

Hallo Ishi
I just love the colour purple and in my search on the gallery I came across this very strange and unusual but interesting "Mandrake” photo. Although this is not your latest posting I would like to give it one of my smiley's. This is an excellent macro shot filled with fine and unexpected detail. Focus and sharpness is spot-on. I have never seen a flower like this and found it very fascinating to look at. I also enjoyed the notes. Thanks for sharing.

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