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1st for 2009: LeonLeaf

1st for 2009: LeonLeaf
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flora of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 0:54
Viewed: 5565
Points: 32
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Leontice leontopetalum (Rakaf, LeonLeaf) (in Turk. Arslanpençesi)

Rakaf is a member of the family Berberidaceae (order Ranunculales) flowering plants commonly called the barberry family. The family contains about 570 species, of which the majority (450) are in Berberis. The species include trees, shrubs and perennial herbaceous plants.

Leontice is a small genus of about 9 species in S.E. Europe to E. Asia. Perennial glabrous herbs with deeply rooted tuberous rhizomes and leafy stem. Leaves alternate to subopposite, usually 2(-3)-ternately dissected, fleshy, long-petioled and petioluled. Inflorescence terminal racemes, often branched below, or the upper leaves with axillary racemes. Flowers hermaphrodite, regular. Sepals 6 (-9), yellowish, outer smaller. Petals 6, much smaller than sepals, yellowish, scale-like, convolute. Stamens 6; anthers about as long as the filaments, opening by 2 apical valves. Ovary 1-carpellary, 1-locular, with 2-4, erect, basal ovules; style short with hardly distinct, obtuse and short stigma. Capsule inflated, vesicle-like, scarious or membranous, 1-4-seeded, indehiscent but gaping or eroding above to expose the seeds; seeds globose, without aril, blackish.

Rakaf or LeonLeaf [in Turk. Arslanpençesi] is a perennial growing to 0.5m. It is in flower from April to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The tuber is used as a cure for epilepsy and leprosy. It is also said to be an antidote to opium. It has also medicinal uses as Antidote; Antispasmodic; Miscellany. A soap is obtained from the plant, it is used in removing stains from cloth.


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TFL! and:
“I wish a very healthy and happy New Year to you and your families . All the best!!”


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Selam Bayram Hoca,
Yeni yılın ilk "günaydın"ı anlamındaki güzelliğini karşımda görmek ne büyük mutluluk.
Soylu bir kır çiçeği üzerindeki ışıkla birlikte yeni yıldan beklentileri dile getiriyor gibi...
Mutlu ve doğayla iç içe bir yıl diliyorum
Selahattin E

hello Bayram
how are you?
May God bless you with his almighty.

this is a beautiful shot of lovely flowers. i like the light here and the level are wonderful. i like the sharpness and the detail of this shot.
good capture

Manuj Mehta

Ciao amico Bayram, fantastic flowers for 2009, great composition with splendid colors, we can see a little guest too, wonderful sharpness,
I like a lot

Happy New Year Bayram.
wonderfull image, great makro shoot, beautifull colours and details.
Best regards Siegfried

Senin de yeni yının kutlu olsun Bayram Kardeşim,
bu güzelim kırçiçeğine neden arslanpençesi demişler acaba, merak ettim doğrusu,
harika ışık altında güzelliğini büsbütün sergilemişsin,
ellerine ve yüreğine sağlık,

Merhaba Bayram Hocam
Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-01-01 9:41]

Merhaba Bayram bey...
Yeni yılın ilk karesinin size, ailenize mutluluk ve huzur getirmesini dilerim...harika bir çiçek kümesi, eline sağlık....selamlar

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Renkler, detayları, netliği ve kontrastlığı ile süper bir macro çalışma.Elinize sağlık.


Hello Bayram,

Excellent first work of the new year!
I love the green and yelow colors!
Congratualtions and TFS.

hello Bayram,

the flowers in yellow are really beautiful.. the little insect is an added bonus.. nice shot and composition.. tfs..

regards, terry

Merhaba Bayram Bey,ne güzel kır çiçeği,hem de bahar tadında.Çok hoş bir kare,üstelik bir çokta konuğu var.Çok teşekkürler,güzel günler dilerim :)

Hi Bayram
I like how every time you include some other parts of the plants and not only the flower. Great colors and sharpness.
Happy New Year

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-01-04 2:18]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
Arslan pençesinin üzerinde sevgili misafiriyle çok güzel bir sunumu.Tebrikler.Necla.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2009-01-04 8:09]

Marhaba hocam. Konuklarıyla birlikte harika bir arslanpençesi çekimi. Memleketimin bahar çiçeği. Elinize sağlık.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-23 17:05]

Hi Bayram,
the clusters are very beautiful and the yellow composition is lovley. The inclusion of the bee is attractive and lively.
nice presentation in softness and beauty.


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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-05-20 3:23]

Salam Beyram
Nice shot with detail, sharp and color. Nice composition.
Tin Soe

  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2011-02-26 3:50]

This is a great close-up of the delicate family flowers!
Super details in the petals, skillful macro work isolates the subject well.. I see the bug
A fine 3-D feeling in this attractive presentation!


Sergio ♣

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