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Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

This thread is to run alongside the previous communal natural history threads which have been running now for several months on birds and insect life. It comes out of a request on those threads to include other areas of nature.

The aim is for anyone to join in and post their pictures of flowers, trees, plants and fungi for general enjoyment and discussion. So please join in, share images, poems, or add your comment and share your thoughts in a communal, supportive place.

You don't have to be a committed flower photographer - everybody is welcome to contribute if they have a photograph which they are proud of (or disappointed with and would like some advice). It will be fun to learn about plants from around the world, botanical collections or from your garden.

So have a root about on your hard drive and show us what you've got.



To start us off I love this time of year for the wonderful blossom, bluebells and catkins


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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

A close look at a Kenilworth Ivy flower (Cymbalaria muralis, with common names ivy-leaved toadflax,[2] Kenilworth ivy,[3] coliseum ivy,[3] Oxford ivy,[3] mother of thousands,[3] pennywort,[3] wandering sailor,[3] is a flowering plant native to Mediterranean Europe and widely naturalised elsewhere.).



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Hi Ross, had to look it up as I recognised the flower but not the name. I read it has several names including Toadflax which is more familiar to me.

With my EM5 mk2 I don't get the in camera focus stack. I would use it all the time! It does seem to work well.

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Do you have any bluebells?

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Hi Ross, had to look it up as I recognised the flower but not the name. I read it has several names including Toadflax which is more familiar to me.
If you see caterpillars which look similar to those of the Large White butterfly, take a closer look:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=39511

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Abutilon vitifolia 'Flowering Maple'.

This is one of the mallow family, together with Hollyhocks. It makes a tallish (2-3m) spindly shrub, which whips around a lot in the wind. It was a windy day and I was standing on a stool to get this flower to fill and effective 210mm frame. I had to wait for calmer moments.

My regular software is out of action but I am happy to post this version, uncropped.

EM-1, Aperture priority, f11?, 1/500, ISO 500, hand-held.

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Hi Ross, had to look it up as I recognised the flower but not the name. I read it has several names including Toadflax which is more familiar to me.

With my EM5 mk2 I don't get the in camera focus stack. I would use it all the time! It does seem to work well.

Thanks for joining in.
Thanks, I've now edited it so that all the names are covered. I should have included the botanical name though. While it's not a native in Australia it grows & spreads rather well here & some people rip it out as a weed, but we love it. It can be pulled up easily (but may grow back readily perhaps ) & it sneaks inside through door & window cracks, but it is so delicate & lovely we don't mind.

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Thanks, I've now edited it so that all the names are covered. I should have included the botanical name though. While it's not a native in Australia it grows & spreads rather well here & some people rip it out as a weed, but we love it. It can be pulled up easily (but may grow back readily perhaps ) & it sneaks inside through door & window cracks, but it is so delicate & lovely we don't mind.

Purple Toadflax grows in our garden each year. It never spreads much but is always present and we find it attractive, as do bees.

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Abutilon vitifolia 'Flowering Maple'.

This is one of the mallow family, together with Hollyhocks. It makes a tallish (2-3m) spindly shrub, which whips around a lot in the wind. It was a windy day and I was standing on a stool to get this flower to fill and effective 210mm frame. I had to wait for calmer moments.

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EM-1, Aperture priority, f11?, 1/500, ISO 500, hand-held.

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Harold, a stunning looking flower. Well worth the effort.
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Thanks, I've now edited it so that all the names are covered. I should have included the botanical name though. While it's not a native in Australia it grows & spreads rather well here & some people rip it out as a weed, but we love it. It can be pulled up easily (but may grow back readily perhaps ) & it sneaks inside through door & window cracks, but it is so delicate & lovely we don't mind.

Hi Ross,

That is very kind to go the extra mile for us. I personally learned something and look forward to seeing this in the wild.

Hope to see some more native Australian stuff as we go. Have always enjoyed those posted elsewhere on the board and hope to get some more here.

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Foxtail Barley detail, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Very beautiful. Looks like it might come alive with 3D specs.

I will start a mammals and others thread shortly. I am thinking up an all inclusive title (ensuring we get everything covered).

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Thanks, Peter.

My favourite colour. These were the first of the season, right at the top. There will be plenty more, but further down, with no chance of a blue sky background.

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Very beautiful. Looks like it might come alive with 3D specs.

I will start a mammals and others thread shortly. I am thinking up an all inclusive title (ensuring we get everything covered).

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