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Summer asphodel

Asphodelus aestivus


Asphodelus aestivus is a spring flowering perennial plant, it has long basal leaves and it shoots multiple flowering stems that has pinkish-white flowers. The plant produces peas sized fruits/seed pods all along the flowering stems; the fruits start up green and gradually turn brown as they mature, the pods open up later in the season to disperse the seeds contained inside.


Spotted on rocky hills/grazing pastures located in between pine woodlands on the eastern side of the Amanus Mountains in southern Turkey. Approx. Elevation 1000m.


It is a very common plant in my area, usually found growing in clusters.

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Mustafa Rustom
Mustafa Rustom a year ago

Thank you Felix.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Nice one! Congrats.

DanielePralong a year ago

You're welcome Mustafa! Glad it's having this effect. Thanks for all your contributions so far!

Mustafa Rustom
Mustafa Rustom a year ago

Thank you for you kind comments Robert, Daniele and António. Also I'm grateful that my spotting was picked as SOTD, it encourages me to go more often on such trips and spend more time in nature, thanks!

beautiful capture Mustafa,congratson the well deserved SOTDand thanks for sharing

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Mustafa, your Summer Asphodel is our Spotting of the Day:

"Native to the Mediterranean Basin, this Summer Asphodel (Asphodelus aestivus) is our Spotting of the Day. The Summer Asphodel is a geophyte, a plant that possesses an underground water storage organ which enables it to survive the fluctuations of the Mediterranean climate. This plant contains alkaloids harmful to sheep and goats, and becomes dominant in overgrazed areas".



DanielePralong a year ago

Beautiful flower and great notes Mustafa!

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Wow! Such a beautiful bloom. There seem to be so many ready to blossom too. Thanks for sharing

Mustafa Rustom
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Mustafa Rustom

Güneydoğu Anadolu Bölgesi, Turkey

Lat: 36.89, Long: 36.50

Spotted on Mar 24, 2018
Submitted on Apr 8, 2018

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