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Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty in English, is a species of flowering plant native to the Balkans and south west Asia, and naturalized throughout the temperate world.

It is an annual or biennial growing to 90 cm (35 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) broad, with large, coarse, pointed oval leaves with marked serrations. In spring and summer it bears terminal racemes of white or violet flowers, followed by showy, light brown, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods the skin of which falls off to release the seeds, revealing a central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen, 3–8 cm (1–3 in) in diameter; they persist on the plant through winter.These pods are much used in floral arrangements.


The Latin name lunaria means "moon-shaped" and refers to the shape and appearance of the seedpods.[2] The common name "honesty" arose in the 16th century, and may also relate to the translucence of the seedpods. In South East Asia, it is called the "money plant" and in the United States it is commonly known as "silver dollars", "Chinese money", or "Chinese coins" because its seedpods have the appearance of silvery coins. For the same reason, in French it is known as monnaie du pape ("the Pope's money"). In Denmark it is known as judaspenge and in Dutch-speaking countries as judaspenning (coins of Judas), an allusion to the story of Judas Iscariot and the thirty pieces of silver he was paid for betraying Christ.
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Nov 27 2013 08:02 GMT senna3
Beautiful illustration of your interesting documentation of these "Judaspenningen". I would wish that all photos shown at FT also offer some addition information!
Nov 27 2013 09:09 GMT MargNZ
Annamaria thank you for this very interesting information . This plant takes me back to my childhood when we played with the dried seed pods and used them as ' pretend ' money :))
Nov 27 2013 10:22 GMT Donjames
Interesting read...great shot
Nov 27 2013 14:31 GMT Lalbabu
Great information lovely shot too !!!!!
Nov 27 2013 20:51 GMT wijnie58
Wonderful shot and interesting information, Annamaria..:-))
Nov 28 2013 03:19 GMT fhelsing PRO
A lovely plant!
Nov 28 2013 18:42 GMT Studio88
Beautiful - In the USA, it's Happy Thanksgiving Day & Happy Hanukkah. During
Hanukkah is customary to give out Gold Coins Wrapping with Chocolate inside ;-))
Nov 28 2013 19:01 GMT Annamaria
Howard, we give Golden coins filled with chocolate on december 5th as a treat for little children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas
Nov 28 2013 20:32 GMT jmcdh
Nice one Annamaria. Great information
Nov 29 2013 15:24 GMT mbz
fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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