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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ferula communis

IMG_1092 [Ferula communis]

Ferula communis is a perennial plant that can grow more than 4 meters in height. Its stem, that sometimes can be wider than 10 cm at its base, is hollow and filled with a soft white substance which –when it is set on fire – burns very slowly without a flame. According to the Greek Mythology, Prometheus took advantage of this property of the plant to hide the fire when he stole it from Zeus and brought it to the mortals.

Sounio:  05/03/2011, photo © Tony Taglides

IMG_1114 [Ferula communis]

Sounio:  05/03/2011, photo © Tony Taglides

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