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Common Name: Goat's Beard
Scientific Name: Tragopogon dubius / pratensis
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)

Other Common Names: Meadow Salsify, Johnny-go-to-bed-at-noon, Joseph's flower
Flower Color: Yellow
Habitat: Fields, Roadsides, and Disturbed areas
General Bloom Dates: June - Oct

General Characteristics:
There are two different species referred to as yellow goat's beard. They are nearly identical except for a swelling in the stem just beneath the flower head. Tragopogon dubious has the swelling and Tragopogon pratensis lacks it. They both have 1'-3' tall stems with long (up to 1') grass-like, lanceolate shaped leaves that clasp the stem and one lone yellow flower head about 1"-2 1/2" wide surrounded by long, pointed, green bracts. The flower opens in the morning and closes in midday, usually by noon. When the flower goes to seed it resembles a giant dandelion with its large dome of delicate, fluffy seeds.

Plant Lore:
Named Joseph's beard because Joseph (the Virgin Mary's husband) is portrayed as having a large white beard in pictures and recreations of the Nativity.

Modern Uses of this Plant:
Just like its smaller relative the dandelion its long taproots can be dug up, ground, roasted, and used as a coffee substitute.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Windswept'.

Best wishes (and well done Andy Murray - Wimbledon men's singles champion 2013 GrinGrinGrin),
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jul 2013 - 10:06 AM
Focal Length:35.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 7:02 PM

A fine capture and presentation of this amazing seedhead, Philip. Carol

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 7:13 PM

Never knew so much about the humble dandelion Philip - great info and great image. (I feel like I played along side him I am drained now)!

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 8:03 PM

This is one of my favorite subjects to photograph!--- One must get out early tho-- _---Like how you have done the seed head!

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 - 8:21 PM

Brilliant....

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Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 9:10 PM

A super imageSmile


Cliff

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nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 11:26 PM

Beautiful image. So nicely taken.

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 5:02 PM

A fantastic close up, luv your crop, slightly different from the norm, good detail and textures, especially like your processing and colour rendition.
Well done, Phillip.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 9:33 PM

A beautiful natural abstract.

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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 9:17 PM

A superb image well presented!,,,, regards Ian

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