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Photography of the fourth week of June of 2013

Pink and white cistuses for colored Provence

 

 

Pink cistus against the light - © Norbert Pousseur

... cistus in the morning sun ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence -2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_5995 - series Photo of the week


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Pink cistuses and white cistuses in flowery Provence, at any summer beginning

The period of June in Provence sees opening many specific flowers of the Mediterranean climate.
Among these the pink cistuses which form bouquets in colors pastels
with the pale green of them leaves and them pink petals, quite crumpled.

 

Definition of the term Cistus, of the dictionary of Agriculture of Barral and Sagnier of 1892

CISTUS. Genus of plants which gave its name to the family of Cistae, and which is a part of the monogynie Polyandry. Almost all the species are natural at the south of Europe, mainly in the parts of the country which line the pond of the Mediterranean Sea; the only one is native of the Cape of Good Hope.

They are shrubs or sub-shrubs with simple and opposite leaves, with flowers (which petals fall the same day which saw them being born), pedunculate, axillaires, rather big and developing one after the other for a month or two. Their elegant forms please eyes, when flowers, spread in large numbers, show the some themselves yellow, pink or white, and arranged sometimes in ears or in terminal clusters, sometimes solitary or variously grouped at the end of twigs. The species in the most beautiful flowers, in the flowers which look like pink, are :

- the purple Cistus, the purpureus C., islands of Candied (Crete), of the Archipelago and Syria, among which corollas (upper lips), of a beautiful red, with a purple-brown spot on the base of petals, are fifty four millimeters wide ;
- the Cistus has leaves of consoude, C, symphitifolius, in the flowers of a pale red, had, among six-ten, it a kind of terminal umbel ;
- the Cistus has bay leaves, laurifolius C., that we find in the South of France, which wears very-white, gathered flowers four - eight together ;
- and the Cistus ladanifere, ladaniferus C., loaded quite white flowers, marked on the base of their petals of a dark red spot.

The culture of these four species is easy in the departments of the South of France ; but they cannot support the cold of the winters in those situated in the North. Although they are of an elegant aspect, we rarely admit them within pleasure gardens; the major part of their bushes is going to serve to warm the oven either it is of use as feed to the cattle.

The industry takes advantage of some gum resin which produce the following species : the Cistus of Crete, ereticus C., very-bushy shrub, stocked with small oval, wrinkled, hairy leaves and with a mat green; Cistuses with bay leaves and ladanifere. as well as the Cistus of Cyprus, C. cyprius, which is only a variety holding these last two species. The nice-smelling substance spread on the leading heads and on the young leaves, which we smell of rather far the evening, is of a blackish red, and is called Ladanum.
The Greeks collect it by means of a sort of rake without teeth, to which are fixed several leather strips of equal length, arranged on a double row ; during the strong hot season and the quiet days, these strips are dragged on the bundles or the bushes of Cistuses. The ladanum settles on them, and it is collected by scraping strips with a knife; then it is arranged in breads. To increase the mass by it, it is molded with a blackish, very-fine sablon, which is on the scene.
In other localities, as at the time of Dioscoride, and even more formerly as in the time of Hérodote, the ladanum harvests not only with ropes or belts, but also carefully, by means of a wooden comb, the one who becomes attached to the beard, to the hairs of the neck, the thighs and the legs of the goats which graze ladaniferes Cistuses.
In Spain, we pick the leading heads and the leaves covered with this coniferous filler; they are thrown in some boiling water, where it floats, and it ' is removed without losing it. The ladanum is used on medicine; applied outside, it weakens, limits, solves; taken inside, it is tonic and astringent. II its use is recommended by some practitioners in diarrheas and the catarrhal affections, but under this report is declined well; the pharmacists let in him(it) to the composition of several of their preparations.


Photography of the week 26 of 2013

General presentation The same in spanish : Cistes rosas y blancos para Provenza coloreada The same in french : Cistes roses et blancs
pour une Provence en couleur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This view of flower of cistus opening,
It can be enlarged in this frame until 80 % of its real size of recording, by using the function zoom

 

 

 


 

Petals of pink cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... quite crumpled, petals of cistus which opens to the sun ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_5452 - series Photo of the week



 


 

Small plantation of cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... between dry rocks a mini plantation of cistus with an unique flower ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_5171 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Heart of pink cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... brilliant orange heart of pink cistus ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_5195 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Floral head of cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... green head of pink cistuses, ready to open ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_5459 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Big-open cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... a little crumpled pink petals, very characteristic of the flower ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_6009 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Flower of white cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... more humble, but almost more charming, the white cistus ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_6018 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Shrub of pink cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... for the cistus, of the green and the pink in tones pastels ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx -5d2d2_5447 - series Photo of the week


 


 

Plantation of white cistus - © Norbert Pousseur

... the white cistus is more supplied with flowers, but smaller ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_6046 - series Photo of the week


 

General presentation The same in spanish : Cistes rosas y blancos para Provenza coloreada The same in french : Cistes roses et blancs
pour une Provence en couleur

 

 

 

 

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