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Anagyris foetida

Anagyris foetida
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flower(Yellow) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 14:56
Viewed: 9266
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anagyris foetida L

English name: Stinking bean trefoil
Spanish name: Algarrobo hediondo

The most important pollinators of Anagyris foetida L. (Fabaceae), a Mediterranean species that is a relict of the Tertiary, are three species of passeriforms: Phylloscopus collybita Vieillot, Sylvia atricapilla L. and S. melanocephala Gmelin. The negligible existence of insect visitors and pollinators of A. foetida flowers could be explained by the early flowering of this species during the autumn-winter, coinciding with the coolest and wettest months of the year. (1)

In spite of its name, this plant hast not a bad smell at all. I have crushed a leave and a fruit and it smells is not worse than a bean. This remembers me the saying: There's no accounting for taste.

Here you can see a full view of the bush.

(1) IberiaNature: Ana Ortega-Olivencia, Tomás Rodríguez-Riaño, Francisco J. Valtueña, Josefa López, Juan A. Devesa

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Hola José Miguel,
Que gusto verte por acá de nuevo, con esta interesante presentación.
Llama la atención como la floración cuelga hacia abajo, y me recuerda en cierta forma a la flor del cambur o banano.
El encuadre abierto nos permite apreciar con claridad los diferentes elementos de esta planta.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

Hi Jose,
Long time no see. I hope that you are doing fine. This is a very nice picture of a specie that I didn't know about... This is a sunny post that contrasts a lot with the snow and cold we have here actually :) Details and lightning are beautiful! Thanks,

nice one, we have lots of them spontaneously growing in our botanical gardens. TFS Ori

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-26 23:24]

Hi Jose,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-01-26 23:28]

TFS, Jose!

Very good shot!

Ours are about to bloom.

All the best,


Hi Jose,
Beautiful flowers. The sharpness and exposure are great. Very nice pov and composition. TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-27 8:47]

Hi Jose.
I am glad to see your new picture. Have you winter? This is true early autumn shot. I like full of lights and colours picture of the impressive plant and its fruits. Details and sharpness of the main subject are ultimate. DOF is excellent. Passage to smoothness if so pleasant. Bravo and best wishes.

Dear José,
a very detailed, beautifully well lighted presentation of a flowering bush that I do not remember to have seen before.
Valuable documentation of this very interesting relic and probably endemic species - very good to see it full size in its habitat in the workshop, too. Thank you!
My best regards,

Hola José.
Después de un tiempo sin apreciar movimiento en tu galería veo algo nuevo.
Muy interesantes detalles y hermosos colores.
Una nota interesante.
Saludos, Jl.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-27 14:07]

Hi Jose,perfect light and great details for this plant,great note,thanks for share,Luciano

I appreciate the WA WS view of the whole plant Jose, thanx.
Great closeup here of the flowering seed pods, with very good detail, color, and exposure.
Well done & TFS mf,

Hello Jose fine sharp capture with good DOF nice contrasting light, colour saturation well adjusted tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Jose,
Nice to see you again after a long gap.
The flowers are beautiful and very well captured.
I like your idea of showing the whole bush along with its surroundings in the WorkShp.
Thanks a lot for sharing very representative pictures of this plant.
- Nirmal

Bonjour Jose,
En France, nous l'appelons le "bois puant". Il est très rare et protégé et sa floraison de fi d'hiver passe souvent inaperçue. Ton cliché qui montre les particularités des fleurs, des feuilles et des fruits est particulièrement intéressant.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-29 4:04]

Hola José Miguel,
A fine capture of this leguminous shrub, A foetida, named by Linneus, which means that he must have found the smell to be foetida, rather than aromatica. As you say, there is no accounting for taste!
I like the way you portray the flowers in various stages, as well as the seed pods.
Thanks for sharing this interesting image and the informative note.
Un gran saludo,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-29 9:01]
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Hi José

It has been quite a while since we saw one of your beauties MF and therefore I am very pleased to see this one. How is the progress with the leg? I sincerely hope everything is going according to plan and that you are steadily recovering to good health and strength.

A very busy shot, but then again you did not create this densely foliaged and flowered plant, you merely recorded the features of the plant on your Fuji's sensor. This last aspect is what I have to critique so don't see any nit picking or pointing in the first statement. It was merely mentioned as a matter of fact in relation to the growth habit of the plant.

With a name like "stinking bean" it seems like you were rather daring to crush its leaves and fruit just to ascertain whether it stink or not. If it was a stinker you might have had to walk around smelling like a stink bean for quite a while before you perhaps found a facility or place to wash your hands (chuckle). Fortunately your discovery expelled any likelihood that the name was derived from its chemical composition.

Actually this shot is so full of life showing various aspects and stages of the flowers, the fruit, and the plant itself. There are developing buds, blooms in flower, others already spent and busy going off, probably pollinated and already busy with the process of seed manufacturing, fully developed seeds, and then of course the various stages of the plant itself. The details are well defined and the side lighting radiated a joyful light on the subject and this in turn ensured the lovely colour saturation.

Well done and TFS.

Hello José M,
Interesting repetition in all the flowers (and a couple of beans!)...!
Well framed with good colours and sharp details...
Good note with the facts!
Pablo -

Creo que no he visto nunca esta especie José. Buena profundidad y enfoque, con preciosos tonos verdes. Las hojas, como los frutos y flores recuerdan a algunas especies de acacias.
Saludos y que tengas un buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-01 16:00]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo y hermosa iluminación...
con todo lujo de detalles, enlaces y presentación...
Saludos José, me alegro de verte en la brecha otra vez :))

tengo un poco abandonado TN,
mañana Dm, iré de fotos después de muchos meses,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-02 3:51]

Hello Jose,
beautiful photo, lovely colors and light captured,
great details,
nice work,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 13:49]

Hello Jose

A very good shot,it shows this prolific flowering bean tree in excellent detail.
The lighting is warm and the colours are well saturated.
A fantastic documentation of this species.


¿Un algarrobo?
Pues no te imaginas lo agradecida que yo personalmente te estoy por compartir esta imagen. No sólo por el gran trabajo que lleva detrás de ella sino porque yo nunca había visto un algarrobo... o al menos, no con flores y frutos. Por fin, ahora, le pongo cara a algo tan común... prometo acordarme de ti si alguna vez me lo encuentro por el campo.
Gracias otra vez,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-03 18:05]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Nice colors and details showing us the flower with great clarity, thank you.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-04 1:22]

Hello José Miguel,
Excellent capture of these beautiful flowers and seed pods in beautiful light. Fine details and colours and thanks for the interesting note!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Jose, lovely composition with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Jose,
Excellent composition of the trefoil!
good size posting with closeness, sharpness, vivid colour and details all round
many thanks for the informative notes
muchas gracias
Saludos su familia

Muy buenas amigo.
Da gusto volver a ver fotos tuyas, lo digo por que yo ando un poco descolgado, una foto interesante en todos los aspectos y en el comentario también, aunque mi inglés no es muy bueno me percato de lo que quieres decir...
Un abrazo.

Hi Jose

Your galery is like a class for me. I start to read and watch most of them. nice job.
I bet flowers are very hard(sometimes) to compose well. here i like the smooth light.
well done


Jolie composition bien équilibrée et bien colorée.
Bonne journée.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-24 10:24]

Hi Jose

Interesting note on this plant. I always learn something about the plant from your notes. Nice cpture of noth the flower and the pob. Lovely colours and good focus



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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-02-24 23:34]

Hola Jose !
Me da cuento que olvido a comentar esta foto, no se porque. Me gustan el color amaraillo y la forma de estas flores, nunca he visto esta flor. Excelentos detalles, bonita composicion y punto de vista, y una nota muy interesante.
Agradecidos y saludos,

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