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Grains of Simpoh Air Leaves

Grains of Simpoh Air Leaves
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-08
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor AF 50mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 19:19
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Im attracted to the grains of the leaves under the sunlight.
Simpoh Air leaves are quite big and its bio use, as food wrapper.

Simpoh Air
Dillenia/Wormia suffruticosa
Shrubby Simpoh

This distinctive shrubby tree grows vigorously on eroded soil, wasteland, forest edges and swampy areas.

Everything about it is large.

It has large leaves, and large yellow flowers. The flowers open at 3 am and last only a day. They are pollinated by bees which collect its pollen (the flowers don't produce nectar or a scent) or by small beetles and flies that scramble over it. Almost every flower sets fruit. Mangrove and wetland wildlife at
Sungei Buloh Nature Park
Main features: Large shrub or small tree. Grows up to 5m.

Leaves: Large (35cm long) oval leaves that are cabbage-like with slightly toothed edges.

Flowers: Large yellow, five petals.

Fruits: Red, splits open into segments; seeds covered with red flesh.

Status in Singapore: Common, particularly on wasteland.

World distribution: Throughout West Malesia.

Classification: Family Dilleniaceae.

The unopened fruits are surrounded by thick red sepals. To distinguish them from flower buds, the fruits face upwards while flower buds face down. The ripe fruit splits open also at 3 am, into pinkish star-shaped segments to reveal seeds covered in red arils. The plant blooms from age 3-4 and can live for 50-100 years! Plants in the Simpoh family (Dilleniaceae) hiss when the trunk or a branch is cut (you have to put your ear to the cut to hear it). The sound comes from the air that is sucked into the cut vessels.

Uses: The large leaves of the Simpoh Air were used to wrap food such as tempeh (fermented soyabean cakes), or formed into shallow cones to contain traditional "fast food" such as rojak.

The Simpoh Air sends out very deep tap roots to reach underground water sources. So much so that their presence suggests an underground water source, and some people use the plant as a guide to decide where to dig a well. The timber is not useful because it is twisted and very hard.

Traditional medicinal uses: Simpoh Air is used to staunch bleeding wounds, and the fruit pulp may be used to wash the hair (Brunei).

Role in the habitat: The Simpoh Air provides food and shelter for other plants and creatures. It is among the few plants that can germinate and grow on white sands. As a pioneer species, it provides shade for other less hardy plants to establish themselves. The tiny bit red flesh (arils) surrounding the seeds are irresistible to birds, which quickly disperse the seeds. Tailorbirds often make their nests out of the large leaves of the Simpoh Air.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-06 22:29]

I love leaves and this one is very good showing the texture well. You could have gone bit closer. tfs.

Hello Foozi,
another splendid composition in graphic style, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

WOW, stunning photo. I just love the coulor and contrast. VWD

Ciao Foozi. This is a good idea. Interesting graphism and tranparencies. Well done.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-07 7:00]

Wonderful sharpness details to your big and lovely leaves!

hello Foozi

beautiful way to show these leaves, fine POV, DOF, i love the tight
framing you gived to both the leaves, fine focus sharpness and details,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-07 14:59]

Hi Foozi,your artistic way to show the nature is always fantastic!not need to read the name under the photo, your style is like your signature..always fantastic!My best compliments for this artwork,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Ciao Foozi, splendid light on beautiful leaves, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Foozi,
the composition is beautiful with a double face image, with a fine colors output!
keep photographing! tFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-08 12:12]

Hello Foozi,
i really like that! lovely shape of this leaves, and nice soft colours with wonderful green, very nice to see! Very well done!
Congratulations.Best regards Siggi

very nice angle, TFS Ori

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