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Dillenia fruits and unopened buds

Dillenia  fruits and unopened buds
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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: 2011-10-13
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF17-50mm XR Di II SP
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-19 4:01
Viewed: 3283
Points: 32
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Where seen? This large shrub to tree with large glossy green leaves, cheery yellow flowers and pink star-shaped 'fruits' is commonly seen. According to Corners, this is the most common Dillenia in Malaysia. Corners says "one may regard it as a rank tropical weed, but the more we become acquainted with it, the greater is our admiration. It is a plant of enormous vigour and blooms every day of its life which may be fifty if not a hundred years. We should be thankful that there is such a fascinating plant ready to clothe the wasteland". It was formerly known as Wormia suffruticosa.

Features: A large shrub to shrubby tree to 6m tall. Leaves large (15-35cm) oval and 'cabbagey' with a toothed edge and a fold near the stalk. Flower yellow, large (8-10cm) with five large thin petals, several flowers on a long stalk. The flowers open one at a time along the inflorescence, the bud swelling visibly and turning yellow on the morning before the day it would bloom. The next day around 3am, the flower starts to open becoming fully bloomed about an hour before sunrise.The petals drop off by 4pm and the sepals fold back on the young fruit in the evening. The flower stalk rotates slowly from pointing down when the flower blooms to pointing up when it starts to fruit. The flower has no scent and produces no nectar. The fruits take exactly five weeks to set and opens at 3am. The pink star-shaped fruit capsule is fully expanded long before sunrise, with 7-8 'rays' displaying purple seeds that have a fleshy bright red aril. The empty husk falls off at about 8am the following day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-19 4:20]

Hi Foozi,a very interesting plant and a beautiful macro too,just a little overexposed but whit an high saturation as i like,excellent sharpness ans pov.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hello Foozi
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Foozi, lovely composition with beautiful flower, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
Outstanding composition with lovely colors, excellent clarity and very good details.
It is a lovely species of flowers
Very good exposure and perfect focus as usual.

Hi Foozi,
nice vivid colours. Perfect point of view. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Indeed a beautiful flower, nice colours, good detail and background. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-19 12:02]

Hello Foozi.
Excellent contrast, pov and composition. Vivid colors and perfect sharpness. Very good exposure.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful macro, very good sharpness and vivid colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Hello Foozi
Interesting plant and beautiful photo with very good composition wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-20 4:06]

Hello Foozi,
Even if this is a common plant, for us it is rather an unusual one! Lovely star formed by the open fruit, nice to see the closed buttons on the same picture too. On my screen there semms to be some overexposition on the central part of the picture. Well chosen vertical framing and good composition.
Kind regards

Hello Foozi!
Nice pic with strong colors and delicated composition.I only agree with Anne and I think the central part of the pic is a litlle over exposing, however your shot deserve a full green smile! TFS
Regards from,

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Great captured of these flowers, excellent composition, beautiful colours against the background and very nice details sharpness, a very well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-22 6:32]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice photo in beautiful contrasting colours and good sharpness. Pleasing composition.

Hi Foozi,

The leaves are helping to fram the fruit. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the fruit. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,

A fine capture, showing two sequences of plant life!
Macro work well done, accurate DoF and the subject is well framed...
Maybe I'd crop a cm in the bottom, as the green dot may be slightly disturbing!

Pablo -

Hi Foozi,
What a lovely colourful image, lovely composition and nice details.

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