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mandragora autumnalis

By CarolG  
Mandragora autumnalis, more commonly known as mandrake, is a stemless plant with leaves forming a rosette. The flowers are on stalks which emerge from the centre of the rosette and are blue or violet in colour. They can be found in abandoned fields and at the roadsides. The plant was used from very early times as an analgesic and anaesthetic. A mixture of the bark, roots and juice steeped in wine was once used in cases of unbearable pain and amputation, and the mandrake is the official emblem of greek anaesthetists.

Many apologies for only clicking and running yesterday, the electricity was cut (unannounced as always!) at 7.30 am, and didn't return until 5.15pm! Hopefully they have sorted out whatever problem there was. Have a good week-end, everyone.

Tags: General Wild Plant Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 5:40AM
Great set of images carol, nice detail and presentation.

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iancam 9 23 England
17 Jan 2009 5:41AM
The colour and detail are excellent, Beautiful images Carol.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
17 Jan 2009 5:49AM
especially like v1.enjoyed the write up.lesley
astyag 10 12
17 Jan 2009 6:09AM
Very impressive colours, beautiful close up
17 Jan 2009 6:35AM
A wonderful series Carol. As usual excellent detail and composition accompanied by interesting information.
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
17 Jan 2009 6:48AM
I love the fuzzy stuff in the center of these pretty flowers, great detail.
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 6:56AM
I love V1 though all are great!
joze 11 Slovenia
17 Jan 2009 7:11AM
Nice image.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
17 Jan 2009 7:28AM
Wonderful images Carol.......Bill
17 Jan 2009 8:15AM
great set Carol,my fav colours here,good the elect is ok now,you to have a nice weekend there ,here -20 ....
Ray42 9 3 England
17 Jan 2009 8:17AM
Great set of pictures Carol - love the colour and detail. v3 is my favourite
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
17 Jan 2009 8:18AM
Lovely detail and colours
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
17 Jan 2009 8:27AM
I still marvel at what you accomplish with your "little point and shoot" Carol. Superb macro photography again.

17 Jan 2009 8:40AM
Hi Carol, Your 13 to 17 Jan all work are great how I can write without word.
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 8:52AM
V1 very beautiful Carol with deep colours and wonderful textures. The dark background sets it off well. The others are also very good but v1 is outstanding.

SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 8:56AM
Once again you have captured the delicate beauty so well, Carol. Sorry to hear about your electric - hope it will be OK today.
(Our visitors arrived when I was halfway through catching up with your PF yesterday but I managed to pop back when they left.)
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
17 Jan 2009 8:57AM
All pictures are simply Superb Carol. The flowers look as if they were made out of velvet, well done.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
17 Jan 2009 9:13AM
Great shots
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 9:33AM
Each one better than the next, which ever way I look backwards or forwards
lyntonB 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 9:38AM
Superb floral series Carol, excellent detail and composition. V1 & V3 for me! How do you stack images like this??

17 Jan 2009 9:53AM
What fantastic images.
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 10:11AM
Super Images Carol--VERY well presented--Love them
Nettles 10 England
17 Jan 2009 10:15AM
A good write up and lovey set of images of a plant I've never seen before.
Love the presentation too.
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
17 Jan 2009 10:20AM
Lovely hairy flowers, great images.....
RuthyJ 11 England
17 Jan 2009 10:35AM
This is so beautiful Carol. Super set of shots. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year.
Thanks for your good wishes, Think I'm finally getting there.
17 Jan 2009 10:38AM
Lovely set of images. V1 and V3 my favourites.

Ali Smile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
17 Jan 2009 10:48AM
Tremendos Carol. A wonderful set of florals.
17 Jan 2009 11:33AM
stunning sequence of shots great work
17 Jan 2009 12:31PM
Love v3 -all beautiful though and interesting write up . ( I have been watching late night history programmes this week on Greece and the orient all fascinating )
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
17 Jan 2009 12:45PM
Another beauty I have never seen. In v4 they resemble crocus.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
17 Jan 2009 12:47PM
Fine shots !

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
17 Jan 2009 12:48PM
I meant to add, in v4 they quite resemble crocus.
Techno Plus
9 2.5k 8 England
17 Jan 2009 2:07PM
Four superb captures, very well worked and presented..

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
17 Jan 2009 2:25PM
So well detailed with lovely color, four fantastic images Carol, so well taken and presented.
sneal 10 5 7 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 2:28PM
A fantastic set of images Carol. Superb detail and colour throughout.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
17 Jan 2009 2:41PM
Super captures Carol.
Awsome details,the colours are beautiful.
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
17 Jan 2009 3:29PM
Brilliant detail Carol.
Have you disabled 'view large'?

A fantastic set of images, lovely presentation.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Jan 2009 4:07PM
I must check out this camera-- a super set of serious close up pimages!
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
17 Jan 2009 4:11PM
Gorgeous detail and colour, a beautiful set.
piccy 11 8 Wales
17 Jan 2009 4:32PM
Lovely flowers and four lovely shots to browse through.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 4:51PM
Smashing series. Lovely colour on this hairy beastie!
Marilyn x
MandsH 11 England
17 Jan 2009 5:18PM
An extremely pretty flower
sergedlm 9 9 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 5:25PM
excellent detail, beautiful colour, great picture, would be nice to have on the wall in the conservatory
Hebe 10 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 5:25PM
Lovely variations in these beautiful captures.
Cormy 10 3 England
17 Jan 2009 5:55PM
Absolutely stunning Carol.
17 Jan 2009 6:02PM
Heard the name in Harry Potter I think, thought it was made up, and looks like it was, but photo shows otherwise.
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
17 Jan 2009 6:22PM
All versions are good. #3 is the best!
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 7:01PM
Lovely series Carol and V1 must be my fav with beautiful light and detail Ina
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
17 Jan 2009 7:44PM
All superb Carole, hard to choose a fav,
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 8:29PM
splendid detail in this set of shots love V1 and the colour is exquisite - I like blue flowers
casson 11 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 9:22PM
Wonderful images Carol.
17 Jan 2009 9:33PM
A truly sparkling set of images Carol,as always they are great work,David
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 10:22PM
beautiful set of close ups
RAUL 9 Italy
17 Jan 2009 10:26PM
Beautiful set of images.
derekv 10 3 England
17 Jan 2009 10:34PM
Well up to your usual standard, Carol - SUPERB.
KangaGal 9 66 Australia
18 Jan 2009 4:48AM
Lovely series Carol all with brilliant detail and super presentation. I see you have been at your creative best lately.
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2009 6:59PM
All superb detailed captures Carol beautifully presented,
leons29 10 South Africa
19 Jan 2009 3:59AM
The detail in these images are brilliant
RachelMB 11 42 10 England
19 Jan 2009 7:55AM
Lovely shots of some beautiful flowers Smile V3 is my favourite Grin
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 8:10AM
You do a great job with these macro shot...
Great colours always sharp and clear good DOF...
Very nice work...

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 8:30AM
Excellent set,
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 10:30AM
Wonderful set of blue flowers Carol
exposure Plus
13 5.6k England
19 Jan 2009 9:46PM
Beautiful Carol lovely presentations and colour.
taupo 10 66
21 Jan 2009 7:10PM
They are all beautiful but V1 just pips the post. You have a real talent Carol.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Jan 2009 11:32AM
A cracking quartet of images, the detail and colours are most impressive in all
3 Feb 2009 9:51PM
Four superb images, love v3 which gets my vote.

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