Featured in The World As We See It…or as we missed it – August 23, 2010

Gentiana (pronounced /ˌdʒɛntʃiˈeɪnə/) is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Gentian family (Gentianaceae), tribe Gentianeae and monophyletic subtribe Gentianinae. With about 400 species, it is considered a large genus.
Gentians have opposite leaves that are sometimes arranged in a basal rosette, and trumpet-shaped flowers that are usually deep blue or azure, but may vary from white, creamy and yellow to red. Many species also show considerable polymorphism with respect to flower color. Typically, blue-flowered species predominate in the Northern Hemisphere, with red-flowered species dominant in the Andes (where bird pollination is probably more heavily favored by natural selection). White-flowered species are scattered throughout the range of the genus but dominate in New Zealand. All gentian species have terminal tubular flowers and most are pentamerous, i.e. with 5 corolla lobes (petals), and 5 sepals, but 4-7 in some species. The style is rather short or absent. The corolla shows folds (= plicae) between the lobes. The ovary is mostly sessile and has nectary glands.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot Vickie……looks wonderful !

  • thank you ever so much Sean, get well soon, we need you here :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • thank you very much Trish and for the feature, always appreciated

    – Vickie Emms

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • thank you so very much Trish

    – Vickie Emms

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    great capture, lovely shot

  • thank you so much Antanas, glad you like. I know you like flowers, I do too

    – Vickie Emms

  • RuthFroehlinger
    RuthFroehlingerover 4 years ago

    wow, fantastic shot, beautiful

  • thank you Ruth

    – Vickie Emms

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • thank you Terrie

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Vickie. Great lighting!

  • artmuse
    artmuseover 4 years ago

    Nice work!

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • thank you twice Lori, this is fantastic

    – Vickie Emms

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    We used to have some of these then a developer bought the land and now – none, only houses – sigh. So jealous! Congratulations on your feature in Wildflowers of North America – FAVE:>)

  • that is a shame, I hate that too. Same is happening at a cemetery here where the precious little Prairie Crocus grow, all to get the land.

    – Vickie Emms

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