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Sundrops ~ Yellow Delight


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Evening-primrose, Suncups, or Sundrops (Lat.: Oenothera, Dutch: Teunisbloem – Wikipedia)
Photographed in Bijlmerweide Noord, Amsterdam SouthEast, Netherlands
Copyright © 2011 Steppeland – All rights reserved

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The soft yellow flower from Evening Primrose, with it’s delicate stamen and stamina, covered with tiny evening-dew drops

(Quotes: Wikipedia )
Oenothera is a Genus of about 125 species of annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous flowering plants, native to North and South America. It is the type genus of the family Onagraceae, the Evening Primrose Family. Common names include evening-primrose, suncups, and sundrops.”
“One of the most distinctive features of the flower is the stigma with four branches, forming an X shape. Pollination is by Lepidoptera (moths) and bees; like many members of the Onagraceae, however, the pollen grains are loosely held together by viscin threads, meaning that only bees that are morphologically specialized to gather this pollen can effectively pollinate the flowers (it cannot be held effectively in a typical bee scopa). Furthermore, the flowers are open at a time when most bee species are inactive, so the bees which visit Oenothera are also compelled to be active in the evening. The seeds ripen from late summer to fall.”
“In the wild, evening-primrose acts as a primary colonizer, quickly appearing wherever a patch of bare ground may be found. It tends to germinate in disturbed soil, meaning that it tends to be found in poorer environments such as dunes, roadsides, railway embankments and wasteland. It often occurs as a casual, eventually being out-competed by other species.”

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-M zoom1:2.8-4 40-80mm lens
Exposure 1/125 sec, f. unknown, ISO 400
Date: Oct.29, 2011

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