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As little flowers, which the chill of night
has bent and huddled, when the white sun strikes,
grow straight and open fully on their stems,
so did I, too, with my exhausted force
(Dante, from: Hell, II, 127-130)
Quali i fioretti, dal notturno gelo
chinati e chiusi, poi che ‘l sol li ‘mbianca
si drizzan tutti aperti in loro stelo,
tal mi fec’io di mia virtute stanca.
(Dante, da: Inferno, II, 127-130)
.The Caprifoliaceae or honeysuckle family are a clade consisting of about 800dicotyledonous flowering plants, with a nearly cosmopolitan distribution; centres of diversity are found in eastern North America and eastern Asia, while they are absent in tropical and southern Africa.
Photo by Walter Siegmund