2013: Dutchman’s Breeches

A herbaceous plant native to the woods of North America, Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), are 1-2 cm long white flowers, and one of the several plants whose seeds are spread by ants (a process known as myrmecochory). The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants take the seeds to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes, and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate.

Native Americans and early practitioners considered this plant useful for syphilis, skin conditions and as a blood purifier. The flower contains several alkaloids that may have effects on the brain and heart. The name, Dutchman’s Breeches, derives from the flowers that look like white breeches.

Breeches are an item of clothing covering the body from the waist down, with separate coverings for each leg, usually stopping just below the knee, though in some cases reaching to the ankles. Formerly a standard item of western men’s clothing, they had fallen out of use by the early 19th century in favor of pantaloons and then trousers.

EXIF and other information

Archive ID n2c_113-0442
Date and Time 2013-05-27 13:08:46
GPS Date and Time Image does not include relevant information
GPS Location 46.80556 N, -89.69368 E, 1130 ft (Goolgle Map: Pin | Directions)
Camera Nikon D200
Lens AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Focal Length 105.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 157.0 mm)
Mode Aperture-priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/500 second(s)
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 400
Exposure Bias 0
Flash No
Filters None
Light Value 11.9
Hyperfocal Distance 97.97 m
Focus Distance 0.50 m
Depth of Field 0.00 m (0.50 - 0.50)
Field of View 10.4 deg (0.09 m)
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