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Eremurus spectabilis

Eremurus spectabilis
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Copyright: Betty Khoury (Betty) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200
Exposure: f/4.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 15:40
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
ERRATUM : Liliacae - but NOT Asphodeline liburnica (Scop.) Rchb. it is Eremurus spectabilis
Thank you Ori, I got my facts mixed up.

Author: Bieb.
Synonyms: Eremurus caucasicus (Stephen.)
Known Hazards: None known
Range: E. Asia - Siberia.
Habitat: Stony slopes and steppes

Physical Characteristics

Perennial growing to 1m by 0.6m . It is hardy and is frost tender. It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.

The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Edible Uses

Young shoots - cooked. Considered to be a delicacy in Siberia, the flavour is intermediate between purslane and spinach. It is by no means a disagreeable vegetable.

Other Uses
Adhesive; Gum; Size.

The root contains about 30% gum (an arabinic acid derivative) and this makes a good quality glue. The bulb is dried and powdered and then used for sizing cloth, bookbinding etc.

Credit for information goes to http://www.ibiblio.org

This photo was taken mid-May at approx. 1200m altitude at dawn (on the dark side of the mountain) in the Al-Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve

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Nice pic, though a little too dark. It is not Asphodeline. It is Eremurus spectabilis. Thanks, Ori

Hi Betty, this is a difficult one to expose for because of the contrasts in light in the BG. I think using flash might have helped a little but having said that I think you've made the right choice exposing for the light BG rather than the dark. Lovely details and DOF. I like the way you've included the distant scene within the shot without making it too obtrusive. Lovely colours and composition too. Well done :)

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