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Taken May 7, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with 100mm Macro Lens
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This adventive annual plant is about 4-12" long, branching occasionally. Mature plants have a tendency to sprawl across the ground. The slender stems are terete and pubescent. The lower leaves are opposite, while the upper leaves are alternate. Individual leaves are typically 1/2" long and 1/3" across; they are medium to dark green, oval-orbicular, coarsely crenate-dentate, and slightly hairy. The petioles of the leaves are short.

Solitary flowers develop from the axils of the upper leaves. Each flower is about 1/3" across, consisting of a corolla with 4 petal-like lobes and a calyx with 4 prominent teeth. The corolla is blue-violet, becoming white toward the center; it has dark blue-violet lines that radiate from the center of the flower. One lobe of the corolla is a little smaller than the others. The reproductive organs consist of a pistil with a single style and 2 stamens. The teeth of the green calyx are lanceolate and slightly ciliate; they are shorter than the lobes of the corolla. The pedicels of the flowers are about ½–¾" in length. The blooming period typically occurs from mid-spring to early summer and lasts about 1-2 months. Plants tend to fade away during the heat of the summer. Each flower is replaced by a 2-celled seed capsule that is flattened and slightly heart-shaped; the [Distribution Map] seed capsule is more wide than tall (about 1/3" across and 1/4" tall). Each cell of the seed capsule contains several small seeds. Individual seeds are ovoid in shape, but strongly concave on one side. The root system consists of a mass of slender fibrous roots. This plant reproduces by reseeding itself, and sometimes forms colonies.

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blue, flowers, garden, macro, spring, maine, speedwell, new england, bridgton

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Comments

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Hello Dana: Thanks for the very nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Hi Ray ……. Thanks!!

    – T.J. Martin

  • faithie
    faithieover 4 years ago

    so nice! colors are lovely too!

  • Hello Faithie: Thanks for the very nice comments.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ian Sanders
    Ian Sandersover 4 years ago

    Wonderful. Very subtle.

  • Hello Ian: I appreciate your very kind remarks. Thank you.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Sviatlana
    Sviatlanaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • Thank you Sviatlana . . . . So nice to hear from you again.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

  • Hi Yool: Very good news – Thanks!! I’m pleased to hear that my “_Blue Speedwell Blossoms” was chosen to be featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups". Thanks so much to the hosts and members of the group for this very nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on this image being Featured
    In Backyard Macro & Closeups!!
    =

  • Hi Byron and Julie: Thanks so much for the congrats on the feature. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • puffin
    puffinover 4 years ago

    very pretty

  • Hi Puffin: Thanks so much for the nice comments.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 4 years ago

    Stunning. A favorite.

  • Hi Rebecca: Thanks for the wonderful compliment. I’m pleased that you like this image and have chosen to add it to your list of favorites. I appreciate it.

    – T.J. Martin

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Lovely work.

    Debra

  • Hello Debra: Thanks for the very kind comments. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

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