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White Malayan Rhododenron

White Malayan Rhododenron
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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: 2008-10-02
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: f/32, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 8:11
Viewed: 3822
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It happens that my sister is an ardent fan of traditional medicine.She planted some plant of this white Malayan Rhododenron for her traditional minor practices.
So here is another variety of Malayan or Straits Rhododenron. I also have some stories about white rhodenron.
I shot this flowers in the evening, the light is also getting less.
Senduduk is one of the plant that grow wild almost everywhere in Malaysia. The scientific name for the plant is Melastoma candidum. When I was a kid whenever I got a cut from anything what I do is munch a few leaves of this plant and then put it onto the cut or bruise. Somehow this plant would stop any bleeding and accelerate the healing process. Senduduk as i know it has two varieties purple and white flower. The white flower is even more famous since it is used by many traditional medicine practitioners as a cure in spiritually challenge environment. the Straits Rhododendron is often considered a weed.
The beautiful flowers last only one day, opening after sunrise, closing the same day, with the petals falling off on the a few days later. The flower has two different kinds of stamens.
The seeds are tasteless and can be eaten, but stains the tongue black. In fact, the word melastoma is Greek for "black mouth”
Uses: The young leaves are eaten raw or cooked and taste sour. The pulp around the seeds can also be eaten (Indonesia). The seeds are used to produce a black dye, the roots, a pink dye. In some places, the leaves are fed to silkworms.
Traditional medicinal uses: Leaves are used to treat diarrhoea and dysentery (Malaysia, Indonesia); wash for ulcers, to prevent scarring from smallpox; and to treat piles.
Role in the habitat: The fruits are the favourites of birds like the flowerpeckers and doves which also disperse the seeds. Squirrels and monkeys are also fond of the fruits. The plant is the host for caterpillars of butterflies such as the Common Sailor (Neptis hylas) and the Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea). Being among the first to colonise wasteland, the plant helps prevent soil erosion and to allow regeneration of vegetation in such places.

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Hi Foozi!

It's a pleasure to be your neighbour taoday! Your Rhododendron is beautiful, refreshing and held in fine colours. It's a pleasure to look at this delicate picture.

Kind regards


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-12 8:49]

Hi Foozi,
I have to say that the BG is very nice and compliments on the pretty white flowers with green leaves. Excellent focusing and sharpness. TFS.


Hi My friend Foozi,

A perfect macro capture of this White Malayan Rhododenron in a fine composition. Great details, nice DOF and POV too. Also wonderful notes.

TFS and Cheers,


Olá Faoozi

Gosto muito da composição dessas lindas flores. Ótima luz e belas cores. Bonito trabalho, meus parabéns!
Grande abraço,

Hello Foozi,

The delicate flowers have been captured with good details, white parts are well exposed and have good texture!
The subjects sand out well on the background, a bit surprised to see f/32 however...
A well composed presentation with fine natural colours!

Pablo -

October 13, 2006.

Foozi Saad, assalamualaikum. First of all, congratulations on your 1006th points telepathically conveyed to my knowledge. These flowers are well framed in the row. Good sharpness and excellent details of this berry that made my tongue went black after eating the fruits. Now all the three trek sites intro has been modified and looking forward to your 10000th. You have progressed so well since the first post in TE and now you are no longer a novice. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week ahead. A pity that I can't join you in Langkawi but I hope to see the posted here in Trek sites soon. Warmest regards. Jusni

Bonjour Foozi,
Très belle publication valorisant bien les sujets sous une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-16 2:25]

Hello Foozi,
Interesting for me to see the Malayan version of Rhododendron. In my country they are red or pink, but not white. I like the natural arrangement of the flowers you show us here. And a very interesting note too!
Thanks so much

Salam Foozi
very beautiful flowers and their wonderful shot. Everything superb; from POV and composition to sharp focus, colors and frame. Color contasting splendid. Thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekedn.

Hello Foozi

Beautiful composition of these flowers with the
warm light coming on them, fine POV and framing, TFS


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