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N 44 B 9.2K C 214 E May 17, 2009 F Sep 25, 2009
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Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).
It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia. It is also commonly grown in gardens in North America. It is found on neglected, damp patches of land.
The plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts. It's also sometimes called Devil-in-the-Bush.
It grows to 20-50 cm tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves.
The flowers are most commonly different shades of blue, but can be white, pink, or pale purple; with 5-25 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The 4-5 carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style. The flowers blossom in May and June.
The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer. The plant self-seeds, growing on the same spot year after year.
They are much used in dried flower bouquets.
The flower has been grown in english cottage gardens since Elizabethan times. The most common variety is 'Miss Jekyll' which has blue flowers, but the more recent 'Persian Jewels' is a mixture of white, pink, lavendar and blue flowers. 'Persian Rose' is pale pink. Other cultivars are 'Albion', 'Blue Midget', 'Cambridge Blue', 'Mulberry Rose', and 'Oxford Blue'. The 'Dwarf Moody Blue' is around six inches high.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella_damascena

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N 175 B 29.6K C 548 E Jun 20, 2009 F Jul 1, 2009
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Explore #189 - 01.07.2009

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Blueberries are flowering plants of the genus Vaccinium with dark-blue, -purple or black berries. Species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as "blueberries" and are mainly native to North America[1]. They are usually erect but sometimes prostrate shrubs varying in size from 10 cm tall to 4 m tall. In commercial blueberry production, smaller species are known as "lowbush blueberries" (synonymous with "wild"), and the larger species as "highbush blueberries". The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen, ovate to lanceolate, and from 1–8 cm long and 0.5–3.5 cm broad. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, pale pink or red, sometimes tinged greenish.

The fruit is a false berry 5–16 mm diameter with a flared crown at the end; they are pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally blue on ripening. They have a sweet taste when mature, with variable acidity. Blueberry bushes typically bear fruit from May through June though fruiting times are affected by local conditions such as altitude and latitude.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry

O mirtilo, também conhecido como arando ou uva-do-monte, ou até blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) é um arbusto que pertence à família Ericaceae (família da azálea). As plantas são arbustos de pequeno porte que crescem em sub-bosques de florestas temperadas na Europa. Vive em regiões nas quais o inverno é bastante rigoroso, daí a dificuldade em cultivá-lo no Brasil.
Em Portugal vive em regiões nas quais o inverno é rigoroso, porque necessita em média de 500 horas anuais de temperatura entre os 10º e os 12º celsius. É na zona do médio Vouga, no vale do Rio Vouga que se encontra o local ideal para a produção deste fruto, nos concelhos de Oliveira de Frades, Sever do Vouga, Águeda e Albergaria-a-Velha, sendo Sever do Vouga o que reúne as melhores condições.


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N 72 B 4.5K C 250 E Jun 14, 2009 F Jun 17, 2009
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N 65 B 3.8K C 175 E Mar 12, 2009 F May 5, 2009
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Explore #416 05.05.2009

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N 63 B 3.3K C 173 E Mar 8, 2009 F Apr 10, 2009
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Explore #359 2009/04/11

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