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|This is a very interesting parasite plant.|
It is quite rare in Israel and I was happy to have found it.
I have some doubt about the species. Literature in Israel claims Cytinus hypocistis is the only specie that grows there but Cytinus ruber might fit the description better.
The most known flower of this family is the Rafflesia arnoldii - the biggest flower in the world.
Description Stem 3-7cm, rarely longer. Scale-leaves densely imbricate, ovate-oblong, ciliate, yellow, orange or red. Flowers 5-10(-18), each subtended by 2 usually hairy bracteoles of the same colour as the leaves; perianth usually hairy, bright yellow. Fruit yellow.
Uses The young plant is cookeda an Asparagus substitute. A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of dysentery
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- [2006-11-26 8:41]
I glossed over the miniature of this shot thinking that it was a garden flower. But a close look was a real surprise, with your note filling me in. This clear and well composed shot is an excellent contribution to the biodiversity of TN and it deserves more attention than just mine.
Thank you, Ivan
- [2006-11-26 10:21]
Very interesting picture and I bet you were pleased to find this rare parasitic plant. It looks as if you found them in some forest? They must look striking at a distance too.
Preciosos colores los de esta interesante planta. Nunca antes la había visto. Buen POV & DOF.
Muchos saludos, JL.
- [2006-11-28 3:05]
Excellent colors, sharpness and contrast!