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12-APR-2008 Jola Dziubinska

Common Toothwort

Roztocze, Poland

Common Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) - Polish łuskiewnik różowy - is a parasite of many species of tree or shrub such as lime, poplar, sycamore, horse-chestnut, hazel, cherry-laurel, Lawson's cypress, plum, etc.
It has no leaves and no green chlorophyll since it derives all its food for growth from its host tree.
It consists of a branched whitish underground stem closely covered with thick, fleshy, colourless leaves, which are bent over so as to hide under the surface.
The only portions that appear above ground in April to May are the short flower-bearing shoots, which bear a spike of two-lipped dull purple flowers.

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poetry66607-May-2009 09:28
Outstanding work Jola. Another most wonderful composition.BV!!
monil29-Apr-2008 00:03
Excellent capture and colors. v
Nina Ludwig28-Apr-2008 13:06
Very interesting Jola, I don't believe I've ever seen that. Good macro shot!
Ceya15-Apr-2008 01:09
Delicate colours and light.. wonderful macro shot.. V
marie-jose wolff14-Apr-2008 20:29
wonderful macro with great details! v
J. Scott Coile14-Apr-2008 20:00
A beautiful parasite!
Terri Steele14-Apr-2008 19:39
Gorgeous! Love the colors, the composition and the detail ;)
Gerard Koehl14-Apr-2008 19:04
Magnifique macro avec une parfaite mise au point et de belles couleurs. V
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