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Crataegus monogyna

Crataegus monogyna
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Copyright: TOMESCU Cezar Valentin (tomcezar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 282] (1823)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 350 D, Kenko Extension Tube For C/AF 12,20,36mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 8:08
Viewed: 5237
Points: 6
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Crataegus monogyna

The Common Hawthorn is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Other common names include May, Maythorn, Quickthorn, and Haw.

It is a broadly spreading shrub or small tree 5-14 m tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns, 1 to 1.5cm long. The leaves are 2-4 cm long, obovate and deeply lobed, sometimes almost to the midrib, with the lobes spreading at a wide angle. The upper surface is dark green above and paler underneath.

The flowers are produced in late spring (May to early June in its native area) in corymbs of 5-25 together; each flower is about 1 cm diameter, and has five white petals, numerous red stamens, and a single style; they are moderately fragrant. Later in the year they bear numerous Haws. The Haw is a small, oval dark red fruit about 1 cm long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.

It is distinguished from the related but less widespread Midland Hawthorn C. laevigata in the leaves being deeply lobed, with spreading lobes, and in the flowers having just one style, not two or three. However they are inter-fertile and hybrids occur frequently; they are only entirely distinct in their more typical forms.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-20 9:48]

Hello Tomescu
Marvellous flowers with those beautiful petals and fantastic pistils! Excellent exposure and texture!
Well done
My compliments and TFS

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-06-20 10:02]

Bel ensemble de fleurs et étamines.
Bonne journée.

Olá Tomescu, lindas flores e grande macro com belas composição, cores e nitidês.

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