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mandragora autumnalis

By CarolG  
Mandragora is a perennial plant flowering from late winter/early spring. The flowers are hermaphroditic (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. All parts of the plant are poisonous. It has a long history of medicinal use, the root of the plant is hallucinogenic and was used as an anaesthetic for surgery in ancient times. Juice from the grated root was applied externally to relieve rheumatic pains. In past times, mandragora was often made into amulets which were believed to bring good fortune and cure sterility.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Mandragora autumnalis

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ColleenA Plus
8 481 7 Australia
28 Jan 2014 6:18AM
A beautiful flower and beautifully captured Carol. Love that the centre stamen is geen and the others mauve....must be the male part of the flower. An excellent write up..we do learn so much on this both versions....great macro's
Andysnapper 12 109 25 England
28 Jan 2014 6:35AM
Lovely shots Carol and another chunk of new knowledge, every days a school day

andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:05AM
wonderful light and detail carol brilliant colours and tones v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
Caziwinkles 8 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:08AM
Such great images and a very interesting write up Carol. I like the lighting in these showing amazing detail and the colours are spot on. Smile

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:09AM
Two lovely images and a fascinating commentary.
28 Jan 2014 7:40AM
Pretty flowers and amazing v2 close up ! Interesting write up about it too ! ( Can't wait for some real sunshine - miserable here and very damp ! )
fentiger 19 920 24 England
28 Jan 2014 7:42AM
Simply beautiful.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:12AM
how beautiful ....what a pretty colour
not sure I like the leaves coming out of the frame in this presentation
looks kinda unfinished to me
but thats just me.....Wink
viscostatic 14 49 10 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:19AM
A beautiful little flower Carol and you have done so well to control the exposure in full sunlight. V2 absolutely delightful.

28 Jan 2014 8:30AM
Superb images, Carol. V2 is my favourite.

28 Jan 2014 8:48AM
A beautiful pastel coloured bloom - the detail in V2 is superb, Carol.Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:59AM
Great looking flower Carol, V2 for me, great capturesSmile

sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 9:02AM
V1 is for me - beautiful colour and textures with the added ingredient we are sadly lacking here (sunlight) great capture xx
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 9:14AM
Beautiful photography Carol. V2 for me. Can you send me the grated root, try anything once. Peter.
11 10 10 England
28 Jan 2014 9:48AM
Both are beautiful Carol.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 11:12AM
What a brilliant name - how I could impress my friends by telling them about Mandragora autumnalis!
A beautiful looking flower and what a versatile plant!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 11:24AM
Super exposure in V2 Carol and really good detail.
Having just looked it up I see the flowers appear to be about the size of those of an azalea (3cms) across and that it is part of the more commonly known Mandrake family - now having a Harry Potter momentSmile
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
28 Jan 2014 11:49AM
Well lit and coloured Carol.
Good shots.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
28 Jan 2014 12:03PM
Venomous beauty
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 12:34PM
A very pretty flower Carol, well captured,

Ali Smile
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
28 Jan 2014 12:49PM
I often wonder how much trial and tragic error went in to finding the uses for these pharmaceutical plants long before the dawn of science. This is a beautiful as well as potent plant which has been immortalized in literature as well as in herbalism.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
28 Jan 2014 12:59PM
Two lovely images Carol. Such delicate and pretty colour flowers.
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 1:25PM
Excellent, Carol - I never realised it had such attractive flowers. It is also reputed to scream when uprooted!
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
28 Jan 2014 3:07PM
Beautiful subtle colours, and two beautiful captures of this innocent looking flower, Carol Wink I think Tony above means the Mandrake in the Harry Potter film...! Smile
Trev Smile
ukgubbi 9 5 India
28 Jan 2014 3:18PM
Very adorable flowers, great light.
danbrann 16 640 17
28 Jan 2014 3:21PM
A delightful image Carol.
28 Jan 2014 4:30PM
Beautiful captures of Mandragora plant and excellent writing, Carol!
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
28 Jan 2014 4:32PM
v2 for me please, gorgeous light and detail..
Spotting tiny critters? I learned that from you Smile
EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 5:42PM
Two lovely imagesSmile

myrab 14 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 6:07PM
What a wonderful colour.

Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 6:18PM
Lovely light and colour, Carol.

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
28 Jan 2014 8:06PM
Great shot Carol.GrinGrinGrinGrin
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 9:00PM
Evenin' Carol
V2 for me

Awful weather this morning - heavy rain and the day almost turned to night
A tad better now

28 Jan 2014 9:15PM
Two beautiful images Carol, wonderful light..Lin
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 12:01AM
What a lovely flower, and V1 is very attractive, but I very much like the close detail (and hairy bits) in your V2.
SimonFletch 7 3 2 Scotland
29 Jan 2014 1:58AM
Great narrative, Carol; amazing the amount of different plants used in medicine, for different purposes.
As always, your photography is on the mark, with great colours and the right dof.
Parrot images next? Wink

29 Jan 2014 2:34PM
Beautiful flowers Carol and you have presented them so well. I too admire the close up detail in V2.

Swamiji 11 1 India
30 Jan 2014 10:18AM
Lovely flower.... clear & crisp shot !! Smile
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Feb 2014 12:38PM
Two beautiful and uplifting images Carol, it is always a delight to see the early flowers which herald the arrival of spring

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