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Cichorium Intybus

Cichorium Intybus
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus E 30, ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm 1:2.0
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-18 14:59
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

Cichorium Intybus, Linneae - 1753

Anglais : Chicory, Hendibeh, Wild Chicory, Common-chicory, Succory, Wild-bachelors' buttons, Blue- dandelion
Allemand : Gemeine Wegwarte, Gewöhnliche Wegwarte, Wildwegwarte, Zichorienwegwarte, Salatzichorie, Wurzelzichorie, Cichorie, Feldcichorie, Rohrsalad, SonnenWende
Espagnol : Achicoria amarga, Amargón, Xicoira
Italien : Cicorea salvatica, Cicoria comune, Radicchio, Radicchio-buono
Grec : Ήμερο ραδίκη , Αροδίκι , Κιχώρι , Κιχώριο το αντίδι
Français : Chicorée sauvage, chicorée amère, chicorée commune, Barbe de capucin, laiteron, yeux de chats

Classification Cronquist

Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Sub-Class : Asteridae
Order : Asterales
Family : Asteraceae
Genus : Cichorium
Species : Cichorium Intybus

Classification Phylogénétique

Super-class : Eudicots (Tricolpées)
Class : Eudicots évoluées
Sub-Class : Asteridae
Super-Order : Euasterideae II
Ordre : Asterales
Family : Asteraceae
Genus : Cichorium
Species : Cichorium Intybus

Protection Status:

Included in the national inventory of natural heritage. Taxon unprotected.

Origin and distribution:

Europe, North Africa (Maghreb) and Asia, naturalized in North America.


Plant of limestone, dolomite or clay. Plant can be found at altitude until the upper limit of cultures. Relatively versatile plant.


It is an elegant herbaceous biennial plant, built, fifty to one hundred fifty centimeters tall.

The root is type swivel, very deep, slender, black on the outside and white on the inside. Injured, they take a leave white exudate relatively bitter.

The stem is more or less flexible, slightly woody, hail, crossed from bottom to top. Highly branched, it carries relatively few leaves.

The basal leaves are deeply cut, leaves intermediaries, whole lanceolate, embracing the stem, the upper leaves are reduced to bracts

The inflorescences are of the head. They consist of blue ray florets. The bracts are arranged in two rows of eight and five parts. Details of the ligule lanceolate corollas and are completed by an indentation fine.

In the sunshine, flowers radiate, while during the night or with foggy weather, they move closer to each other.

Pollination is entomophilous or autogamous. Sexuality is hermaphrodite. The fruit is a achenes. The spread of seeds is provided by gravity.

Usage and characteristics

It is the friend of the liver: plant choleretic, diuretic and laxative. Its stem is rich in phosphorus. In times of famine, they were used to replace coffee. In some regions, it continues to be used as a coffee substitute, it is better appreciated than the latter.

It is at the origin of the Beard of Capuchin of chicory coffee and chicory and endive, chicory in Italy (Treviso, ...), endives and many other salads. Their common characteristic is a certain bitterness.

Sources :

1._ Botanique – Encyclopédie de la Pléiade
2._ Guinochet – Notions fondamentales de botanique générale
3._ Bonnier – Grande Flore Illustrée – Tome 3 page 616 – Illustration planche 338, numéro 1635 et 1635 b.
4._ Bonnier et De Layens – Flore complète portative de la France, de la Suisse et de la Belgique. Page 183 – Version numérisée : http://bibdigital.rjb.csic.es/spa/Libro.php?Libro=2890
5._ Coste – Flore descriptive et illustrée de la France, de la Corse et des contrées limitrophes - Page 409 , tome 2, taxon 2121 . - Version numérisée : http://www.tela-botanica.org/page:flore_de_coste
6._ Sauvages et comestibles – Marie-Claude Paume – Pages 94-95




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La camera:

Camera : Olympus E-30
Objectif : Zuiko macro 50mm
Ouverture : f/22
Vitesse : 1/30
Prise de vue : Priorité ouverture
Mesures : Centrale pondérée
Conditions : Temps ensoleillé
Heure : 10h45 TU
Sensibilité équiv. : ISO – 250

Le cliché:

Taille initiale : 4032 x 3024 px
Format : Raw ,orf
Résolution : 314ppp x 314 ppp
Profondeur : 24
Couleur : sRGB
Format final : 800 x 800 jpg

Image processing in Olympus Studio and Corel Photo Paint
Cropping, improving gamma, saturation and sharpness.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
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Bonjour Philippe,
Interesting macro, et fait des cadeaux!
Un beau week-end,

Hi Philippe,
Great shot, très bien inclus, colleur naturelle, Congratulation!

bonjour Philippe
superbe photo de cette chicorée sauvage prise en gros-plan,
très belle effet de la lumièreb sur les pétales de la fleur, les details sonts excellents, j'adore la couleur bleue si pure de la fleur
maerci pour le partage

hello Philippe
very beautiful presentation with irreproachable management of light and colours
TFS thanks for sharing

Wow philippe,

What a superb snap with a awesome clarity and sharpnes.. Very different and glazing flower this is. Nice framing, Very well done.


Bonjour Philippe,
Très belle macro valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails, malgré, me semble-t-il, une lumière un peu rop violente.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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