Colorado Columbine (Odamaki)

By murniramli

May 13, 2012

Category: Bunga

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Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Order : Ranunculales
Family : Ranunculaceae
Genus : Aquilegia
Species : Aquilegia vulgaris 

I got this photos in 2005, at the flower exhibition of  Aichi World Expo, Japan. It is a Colorado Columbine, and there are about 70 varieties in Asia and Europe. Japanese calls it Odamaki, and there are  two varieties originally grow in Japan mountainous area, i.e. Yama odamaki (ヤマオダマキ)and Miyama odamaki (ミヤマオダマキ). There is a long part in the bottom of the flower, that looks like a part of petal. Actually, it is a calyx.

As it belongs to buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), odamaki also produce protoanemonin, a toxin compound. The plant can release a toxin when it is wounded, and the substances will cause itch, rash, or blister on contacts with skin. And, if it comes to our digestive system, it cause nausea, vomit, dizzy, spasms or paralysis.

Well, the beautiful creature  always have a defence system with a lethal weapon to attack its enemy.

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