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Heracleum sphondylium

Heracleum sphondylium
Photo Information
Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 5:49
Viewed: 3493
Points: 19
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At my walk at the Zuid Kennemerland National Park I found this flower. I don' t know the name, and I hope that perhaps somebody here on TN can help me with the ID. If not, well, then this is just a pretty flower I want to share with you all.
Thanks for looking!

Update November 24 2007:

With some help I found the correct ID, it's called Heracleum sphondylium (and not Daucus Carota). So I looked up the information on it on the internet:

Heracleum sphondylium is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Woodland Garden; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Deep Shade; Meadow; Hedgerow;

Used as a green vegetable, when harvested just as they are sprouting from the ground they are somewhat like asparagus in flavour. The rind is somewhat acrid. The leaf stems are tied in bundles and dried in the sun until they turn yellow. A sweet substance resembling sugar forms on the dried stems and is considered to be a great delicacy. The peduncles, before flowering, can be eaten as a vegetable or added to soups.

The roots and the leaves are aphrodisiac, digestive, mildly expectorant and sedative. The plant is little used in modern herbalism but has been employed in the treatment of laryngitis and bronchitis. A tincture made from the aerial parts of the plant has also been used to relieve general debility, though it is uncertain how it works. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and can be dried for later use.

A very easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland. Grows well in full sun or partial shade. This species contains a large number of sub-species. Some, but by no means all of them, can cause various problems as detailed at the top of this record. Subspecies transylvanicum, pyrenaicum, montanum, orsinii and alpinum are distinctly phototoxic, subspecies sphondylium and sibiricum are not phototoxic whilst subspecies granatense and ternatum vary in their toxicity.

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To Ena: Hi Ena,NellyD 1 11-24 06:14
To dejo: Hi Dejan,NellyD 1 11-24 06:13
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Hi Nel, my today neighbour, fascinating flower composition with splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello nel,
beautiful flowers captured well, nicely composed shot, good pov, lovely colours,
tfs & regards

Hi Nel
This looks similar to Queen Anne's Lace or something from the carrot family. How tall was this flower? It has a very delicate look about it. You've captured the tiny blooms so well from your top view.
TFS Janice

Hello Nel,
This is a lovely flower, and new to me!
I like the delicate patterns and the combination of colours and details...
The subject is well framed, fine close-up work makes the flowers really stand out!
Pablo -

bonjour nelly
me revoilą!!
je vois lą un joli bouquet, sa couleur ressort parfaitement sur ce bon BG bien flou et sombre
bravo mon amie
bien amicalement

hi friend,
Beautiful pictures and excellent macro. The colors and forms are great.
Very creative work! Take care Ana:)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-18 4:44]

Hi Nell.
You have created and nice. tender picture of these cute flowers. I also like the impressive beautiful damped up BG which underlines the beauty of the plant perfectly. I like impressive combination of sharp flowers and nicely blurred BG too. Refined work. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Nel.

Good capture.
Beautifull, sharp and colourfull..
Salutes, dear Nel.
Enjoy the days :)

jean paul

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-22 3:19]
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Hello Nel,
Nice capture, but it is not Daucus carota, I would say that it is Heracleum sphondylium

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-23 15:21]
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Hello Nel,
I totally agree with Dejan! It's not a Daucus carota, it's a Heracleum sphondylium L. from the Apiaceae family!
The photo is very good. The sharpness of the flowers is very good, also the POV.

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