Visitor on a Coneflower by Larry Trupp

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Featured in The World As We See It, Or As You Missed It …28 March 2011

Captured last summer in the English gardens, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XTi, w Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro Lens, Aperture 5.6, Shutter Speed 1/500 ISO 400

Echinacea purpurea ‘Maxima’

Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (echino), meaning “hedgehog,” due to the spiny central disk. Some species are used in herbal medicines and some are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. A few species are of conservation concern.
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


flowers, coneflower, garden, manitoba, larry trupp, wasp

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 3 years ago

    grogeous detail Larry , what is the plant? echinachea maybe?

  • Hi Jules
    Yes it is a echinachea
    I’ve added the info BTW
    I appreciate your comments…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • AliceMc
    AliceMcabout 3 years ago

    Awesome shot Larry!

  • Good Afternoon Alice
    Your comments are appreciated…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Nice sharp shot, Larry. Well done!

  • Good AfternoonDot
    Your comments are appreciated…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • I appreciate acceptance Ray
    Thanks ever so much

    – Larry Trupp

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ann
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • trish725
    trish725about 3 years ago

  • Good Afternoon Trish
    I appreciate the feature
    I’m honored, and truly delighted…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    Good morning mate..wonderful work Larry.

  • Good Afternoon Warren
    I appreciate your comments
    And the courtesy of a fave BTW…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsabout 3 years ago

    Great capture! Nice work!

  • Good Afternoon James
    I appreciate your comments…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    Great shot, Larry

  • Thanks Shulie
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic,..very pretty,..

  • Good Morning John
    I appreciate your comments
    And the courtesy of a fave BTW…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

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