4 responses to “Centaurea benedicta”

  1. Mary Beth Beth Borchardt

    I just want to say, that I look at your Photo of the Day in my inbox with a happy heart. This is because nature is of God and never unfriendly, critical, or bad news. It is just an uplifting joy to behold.
    Thank you for the lift to my spirit that your picture posts bring. I rarely read the wonderful texts, but I do receive invaluable benefits from looking at the natural beautiful sites that are captured in pictures.
    God must be grateful to you for bringing the beauty of His creation to the eyes of mere mortals as I.

    Thank you.
    Mary Beth

  2. Wendy

    A subtle firework of a flower!

  3. lynn

    A beautiful image and well-written text. The information about Mediterranean ecosystem diversity, and where the ecosystem occurs around the world, is interesting to know. And I love the phrase, “a set of spiny pinnatifid phyllaries.” Somehow, even if you don’t know the meaning of the words themselves, the sound mimics the look of what is being described.

  4. Thor Henrich

    Centaurea is a genus within the family Asteraceae (Sunflower family), the largest family of flowering plants, has a cosmopolitan distribution (except Antarctica).and a fossil record stretching back at least 47.5 million years. The fossil record includes pollen grains and some nice fossil impressions of whole plants from NW Patagonia, in Argentina. The uniques flower structure may be responsible for its adaptive radiation into many different habitats and niches worldwide, and species diversification into an astounding 27,000 species, from annuals to trees. The family apparently evolved in South America following the breakup of the ancient continent Gondwana.

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