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Hibiscus Tiliaceus

Hibiscus Tiliaceus
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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: 2009-05-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-06 1:54
Viewed: 4136
Points: 27
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Sea hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
This shot is taken at the estuarine of Perak River where I camped for a few days. I remember very well this flower as well as its tree. It has been a very useful tree to the people.
The leaves are used to wrap fermented rice. The fermented rice is very sweet for the first 24 hours, then it become sour. Later it is quite rich in alcohol. The bark strips are dried and used as effective ropes.
Hibiscus tiliaceus is a species of flowering shrub or tree in the mallow family, Malvaceae. H. tiliaceus is a common coastal plant native to Eastern and Northern Australia, Oceania and Southeast Asia. The plant is also an introduced feral species in several parts of the world including Southwestern Australia, Southern Africa and Hawaiʻi, where it was introduced by the first settlers. H. tiliaceus is known by many thousands of names throughout its range including Hau in Hawaiian, Purau in Tahitian, Beach Hibiscus, Tewalpin, and Coastal Cottonwood. H. tiliaceus can be found at elevations from sea level to 800 metres (2,600 ft) in areas that receive 900–2,500 millimetres (35–98 in) of annual rainfall. Sea Hibiscus is well adapted to grow in coastal environment in that it tolerates salt and waterlogging and can grow in quartz sand, coral sand, marl, limestone,[2] and crushed basalt.[3] Sea hibiscus grows best in slightly acidic to alkaline soils (pH of 5-8.5).[2] It reaches a height of 4–10 metres (13–33 ft), with a trunk up to 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in diameter.[4] The flowers of H. tiliaceous are bright yellow with a deep red centre upon opening. Over the course of the day, the flowers deepen to orange and finally red before they fall. The branches of the tree often curve over time.
The wood of H. tiliaceus has a specific gravity of 0.6. It has been used in a variety of applications, such as seacraft construction, firewood, and wood carvings. Native Hawaiians used the wood to make ʻiako (spars) for waʻa (outrigger canoes), mouo (fishing net floats), and ʻau koʻi (adze handles). Kaula ʻilihau (cordage) was made from the bast fibres.[5] Hau would be used to make ʻama (canoe floats) if wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) was unavailable.[6]
H. tiliaceus is widely used in Asian countries as a subject for the art of bonsai, especially Taiwan. The finest Taiwanese specimens are taken from Kenting National Park. Lending itself to free grafting, the leaf size is reduced fairly quickly.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-06 2:39]

Hello Foozi,
A nice macro, showing vividly the intimate parts of this yellow beauty! Excellent dof and color!
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-06 3:01]

Hi Foozi,this hard yellow in a dark light is a great idea.Not easy a sharpness like that in the shadow,excellent point of view,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Foozi, lovely flower with beautiful yellow color, excellent sharpness and great contrast against dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Foozi!

The delicate yellow flower contrasts nicely with the dark background although it seems to be a dull day. The central composition suits the subject very well and the good sharpness reveals fine details. I like the plain beauty of the flower and the overall expression of the picture very much. I addition to that, the notes are very interesting and instructive.

Kind regards


The details are splendid, the light excellent and the colours very nice. A very good macro!
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-06 4:49]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of an openeing wild Hibiscus tiliaceus, its yellow colour contrasting well with the OOF dark natural BG, which makes it a beautiful image.
Thanks for sharing this and your fine note,
Best regards,

Hello Foozi,
a beautiful macro shot of Sea hibiscus, good sharpness and beautiful yellow, i like the contrast of the colours in a nice composition.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-06 7:13]

This beautiful yellow colored flower needed better treatment, sir. May be you could have chosen another flower with good background. tfs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-06 10:47]

Hi Foozi,
Lovely close up.POV,colors,contrast,details and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-05-06 12:58]

hello Foozi,
A nice macro with excellent light and colours very nice.
Best wishes,

Very beautiful shot, with wonderful details despite the bad light, Foozi!
You've really exceeded all here!
Very well done, my brother!

Salam Foozi,
Very beautiful macro vith great soft light and colours.TFS.


Hello Foozi
you have captured this sea hibiscus in a nice way
the yellow color of the flower highlighted this image very well
a beautiful shot
TFS Jacqueline

Bonjour Foozi,
Très belle publication avec cette belle macro bien cadrée et assez finement détaillée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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