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capparis spinosa

By CarolG  
Capparis spinosa, or caper, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial winter-deciduous plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berry), both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits. Other parts of Capparis plants are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics. The caper bush grows as a low mounding shrub to 2-3 ft tall with arching red stems and dark green, semi-succulent round leaves. From May until September plants bear a profusion of flower buds, which are the edible capers of commerce. Left unpicked these buds form delicately scented pinkish-white flowers, adorned with long lavender stamens, that open at dawn and close late in the afternoon. Vís 1 & 2 show the rather attractive bloom, Vís 3 & 4 the resulting fruits.

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

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EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
9 Sep 2012 5:36AM
Such an attractive looking flower. Love the tones and details in V1 & 2. Have to say, a little less attractive when the flowering time is over!! Enjoyed your info too.


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Ray42 8 3 England
9 Sep 2012 6:40AM
Excellent and a good write up - first time I knew where capers came from
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 6:59AM
Mmmmmmmm, Salsa Verde, delicious, especially as I am on The Costa Verde right now. Lovely sharp image.
basith 4 7 Sri Lanka
9 Sep 2012 7:09AM
looking very nice....
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 8:01AM
I remember the lovely scent of these flowers. Nicely captured Carol.
PS I love capers! TongueTongueTongue
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
9 Sep 2012 8:04AM
Also known as the Caper bush, strangely enough TongueGrin. I always called the seeds of the nasturtium plant capers so I've just googled it. Mine are the 'poorman's caper' Tongue.... figures!! Lovely juicy capture on v3, my favourite, Carol. And I'm feeling all edumacated this morning!!

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 8:19AM
...............and I've had to Google "edumacated" !!!!!
V1 for me Carol - has a very dainty feel to it Smile
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
9 Sep 2012 8:20AM
What a beautiful flower! Brilliantly caught!

(I hate capers (Tongue) but was very interested in your write up, now I know where they come from!) Smile
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 8:37AM
A highly informative and interesting foreword Carol, supported by four equally impressive photographs, full co rich and wonderful colour, great detail, and something in which to admire. My particular favourite has to be photograph number III, simply because of its rather sticky and sumptuous form.

Regards Nathan
Tibetan 4 3 England
9 Sep 2012 9:04AM
Interesting narrative always helps, a nice set of four like them all, the flower is very much like the flower of the herb Mertal, wonder if it's of the same family!, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
9 Sep 2012 9:06AM
stunning work yet again
V3 looks a bit gruesome...
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 9:09AM
V1 is one of your best flower studies, cool and beautifully composed and presented.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 9:31AM
Carol these are beautiful images all of them and the intro so interesting, quite mouth watering V3/4 - very well done
dven Plus
11 25 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 9:31AM
A stunning set caro ldven
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 10:04AM
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
9 Sep 2012 10:11AM
Lovely flower - V1 gets my vote.

9 Sep 2012 10:53AM
v1 and 2 def winners bit of a gungie meass are they grow old

9 Sep 2012 11:07AM
Another excellent set of images carol lovely detail and sharpness
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 11:10AM
It's a beautiful plant Carol and I'm happy to say I 've got pictures also
from Santorini.
My friend Pat knew all the plants, otherwise I wouldn't have known what it was.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
9 Sep 2012 11:29AM
Like them all Carol.


Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
9 Sep 2012 11:49AM
A great big WOW on all of them, Carol.
Capers are so expensive over here, lucky you to be able to get them fresh from the plant!
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 12:00PM
Beautiful set, carol.
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 2:01PM
Took some shots of these when we were in Malta Carol, they were growing on the shoreline and we had to go out on numerous occasions just to get the timing right. A lovely set showing the bloom and delicate colours.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
9 Sep 2012 2:16PM
These are new to me, Carol, and so beautifully capturd.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 3:46PM
Such a wonderful set of images... My favorite is V3 for the "raw look"... GrinGrin IB
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
9 Sep 2012 3:53PM

9 Sep 2012 4:19PM
Wonder of nature is exposed so vividly. thanks for sharing.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 4:47PM
excellent detail and lovely colours carol.
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
9 Sep 2012 5:32PM
Like me today eh, you've gone all flowery.....Well I almost did Tongue

LexEquine 10 19 United States
9 Sep 2012 6:02PM
'Superb, artistic, & Lovely macro Set' ~ Peter Smile
9 Sep 2012 6:51PM
Wow - four superb shots, best quality, as usual.
4 Very good shots Carol. V1 my favourite.

exposure Plus
12 3.8k England
9 Sep 2012 8:08PM
Lovely details Carol...
No thunderstorm as promised for today.
9 Sep 2012 8:10PM
Well good macros Carol, great detail.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
9 Sep 2012 9:40PM
V2 for me Carol - thats a lovely composition.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 10:11PM
Love those long stamens in Vs 1 and 2, so very attractive.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Sep 2012 11:15PM
A floral starburst! In excellent detail

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