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Copyright: Sayat Arslanlioglu (sayat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-08 3:05
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Points: 4
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Astragalus ssp.

I couldn't be sure of the species but I think this is most probably an Astragalus asciocalyx, which is endemic to Anatolia. Any help on the exact ID would be great.

more info on Astragalus from Wikipedia:

Astragalus (As-trá-ga-lus) is a large genus of about 2,000 species of herbs and small shrubs, belonging to the legume family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. The genus is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Common names include milk-vetch (most species) and goat's-thorn (A. gummifera, A. tragacanthus). Some pale-flowered vetches are similar in appearance, but vetches are more vine-like.

Astragalus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the following case-bearers of the genus Coleophora: C. astragalella (feeds exclusively on A. glycyphyllos), C. cartilaginella (feeds exclusively on Astragalus), C. colutella, C. euryaula (feeds exclusively on Astragalus), C. gallipennella (feeds exclusively on A. glycyphyllos), C. hippodromica (feeds exclusively on A. gombo), C. onobrychiella (feeds exclusively on Astragalus), C. polonicella (feeds exclusively on A. arenarius) and C. vicinella.

Astragalus propinquus (also known as Astragalus membranaceus) has a history of use as an herbal medicine, and the biotechnology firms Geron Corporation and TA Sciences have been working on deriving a telomerase activator from it.

Several species, including A. alpinus (bluish-purple flowers), A. hypoglottis (purple flowers) and A. lotoides, are grown as ornamental plants in gardens.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-08 3:58]

Güzel bir çiçek kompozisyonu olmuş.Alan derinliğinin darlığı çok güzel bir etki yaratmış.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Hi Sayat,
Sharp close-up of this beautiful flower. I think your identification of the plant is correct.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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