Saturday, 12 June 2010

Round-leaved Birthwort

Round-leaved Birthwort Aristolochia rotunda
This strange plant is not uncommon in grassy areas at woodland edges in this area. The brown flag-like hood probably protects the tubular flower from waterlogging. A alternative name for the plant is Smearwort - it was used in the past for making poultices to help heal sores.
(Canon EOS450D, Sigma 17-70 @ 44mm, 1/250s @  f/8)

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