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Spot the odd one out

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Spot the odd one out

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  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 6 Aug 2011, 02:25

Love the image!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Raysmile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Aug 2011, 07:06
Echinacea species are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140 cm in height. They grow from taproots, except E. purpurea, which grows from a short caudice with fibrous roots. They have erect stems that in most species are unbranched. Both the basal and cauline leaves are arranged alternately. The leaves are normally hairy with a rough texture, having uniseriate trichomes (1-4 rings of cells) but sometimes they lack hairs. The basal leaves and the lower stem leaves have petioles, and as the leaves progress up the stem the petioles often decrease in length. The leaf blades in different species may have one, three or five nerves. Some species have linear to lanceolate shaped leaves, and others have elliptic- to ovate-shaped leaves; often the leaves decrease in size as they progress up the stems. Leaf bases gradually increase in width away from the petioles or the bases are rounded to heart shaped. Most species have leaf margins that are entire, but sometimes they are dentate or serrate. The flowers are collected together into single rounded heads that terminate long peduncles. The inflorescences have crateriform to hemispheric shaped involucres which are 12–40 mm wide. The phyllaries, or bracts below the flower head, are persistent and number 15–50. The phyllaries are produced in a 2–4 series. The receptacles are hemispheric to conic in shape. The paleae have orange to reddish purple ends, and are longer than the disc corollas. The paleae bases partially surrounding the cypselae, and are keeled with the apices abruptly constricted to awn-like tips. The ray florets number 8–21 and the corollas are dark purple to pale pink, white, or yellow. The tubes of the corolla are hairless or sparsely hairy, and the laminae are spreading, reflexed, or drooping in habit and linear to elliptic or obovate in shape. The abaxial faces of the laminae are glabrous or moderately hairy. The flower heads have typically 200-300 fertile, bisexual disc florets but some have more. The corollas are pinkish, greenish, reddish-purple or yellow and have tubes shorter than the throats. The pollen is normally yellow in most species, but usually white in E. pallida. The three or four-angled fruits, called cypselae, are tan or bicolored with a dark brown band distally. The pappi is persistent and variously crown-shaped with 0 to 4 or more prominent teeth. x = 11.

Like all Asteraceae, the flowering structure is a composite inflorescence, with purple (rarely yellow or white) florets arranged in a prominent, somewhat cone-shaped head – "cone-shaped" because the petals of the outer ray florets tend to point downward (are reflexed) once the flower head opens, thus forming a cone. Plants are generally long lived, with distinctive flowers. The common name "cone flower" comes from the characteristic center “cone” at the center of the flower. The generic name Echinacea is rooted in the Greek word ἐχῖνος (echinos), meaning hedgehog, it references the spiky appearance and feel of the flower heads. Echinacea plants also reseed in the fall. New flowers will grow where seeds have fallen from the prior year
Bill Phillips: They are pretty too
love the crop like this
Bill Phillips: Thank you chantal
Really like the deep, saturated colour.
Bill Phillips: Yes it is rather tasty smile
A beautiful picture Bill.
Bill Phillips: That is very nice of you to say so Frances
Can't cope with Chris Phillips doing that sort of thing at the weekends.

Fine splash of colour
Bill Phillips: I can't cope with him any of the time
The colours are so wonderfully strong & vibrant in this capture, Tom. Very nice!
Bill Phillips: I am sure Tom would agree Beverly gringringrin
So sorry, Bill. Another one of those senior moments, I guess.
Bill Phillips: Hehehe they are the only moments I have these days grin
yes I've found the odd one out, and I edited a similar shot of these flowers that i took at Calke Abbey the other day, they have a wonderful walled garden there.
Bill Phillips: These old walled gardens are great aren't they Brian
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Aug 2011, 18:02
Chris has a lot to say for himself today. Is the odd one out the one with bits going up instead of coloured bits hanging down? All very pretty, I must say.
Bill Phillips: It is and you get the star prize today Alan.
Echinacea are great for attracting bees and hover flies!
Bill Phillips: They are indeed as are Verbena
really lovely contrasting colours..
Bill Phillips: Thank You Sesan. The colour of these flowers really was lovely to see
Great colour and composition Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks john
excellent flowers, great colours
Bill Phillips: Thank you Ayush

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