Early Spring Collection
Park around the Lake- collection
Flower of Coltsfoot – close-up (Lat. Tussilago farfara , Dutch Klein Hoefblad, Wikipedia )
The bright yellow flowers of Coltsfoot are one of the first spring flowers that appear everywhere along paths, grasslands and fields in Western Europe. Their happy little flowers bring me a spring feeling even when winter hasn’t fully left yet.
‘Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt’s foot in cross section, do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers.’
‘It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name “tussilago” itself means “cough suppressant.” The plant has been used historically to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food product.
The discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns.’
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/90 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 100 Focal length 300
Date: March 13, 2011
TAGS : Netherlands, Amsterdam SouthEast, Gaasperplas, nature, plants, flowers, yellow, brown, Coltsfoot, seasons, spring, close_up, macro,
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