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Euphorbia heterophylla

Euphorbia heterophylla
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Copyright: ana ribeiro (ana974) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-01
Categories: Bushveld
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 13:39
Viewed: 4611
Points: 37
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Hello dear friends!
I found this bush in a vacant lot next to my house and saw with surprise that the leaves are red and green!Of course I don´t know its ID but I´m sure that one of our collegues could give us some hint...
Big hug for all os you!

This plant was well identified by Christodoulos (chrimakris)as Euphorbia heterophylla.Thanks, Chris! I appreciated it!

Euphorbia heterophylla is a native plant of Mexico, and its original distribution includes an area spreading from California to east Texas and to much of Central America.

This plant has spread to South and Southeast Asia, having become a weed in India and Thailand, where it has invaded cotton fields and other agricultural terrain.

Introduced for ornamental purposes, it quickly spreads, becoming a common sight by the side of the roads and rural pathways.
It is a hardy, ruderal species, growing between 30 and 70 cm in height. The leaves at the upper end of the stalk, close to the cyathium, have a striking, scarlet red coloration. Leaves are mainly 2-4 lobed and 4–7 cm long by 1.5–3 cm wide. Their contrast with the lower dark green leaves gives this euphorbia most of its common names.

The stalk exudes a toxic milky white sap. The cyathia or false flowers, are located in clusters at the head of the stalk and are yellowish green. They have no petals, the red color being part of the young leaves coloration. The fruits are small, segmented capsules.

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To chrimakris: Yes, Chris!ana974 1 09-02 08:20
To mwmod99: No, George!ana974 1 09-02 08:11
To lousat: No, Luciano!ana974 1 09-01 16:11
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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-01 14:11]
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Hi Ana, well I guess you are just starting your day.. what a fascinatingf plant with the leaves being part of the bright red . sort of a flower.. a lovely image with good sharp detail Big hug to youtoo Rich

Hello Ana my friend,
This is beautiful and reminds me of Christmas. I'm not a professional photographer but I'm a great nature lover. I've seen this before in a plant but I don't know the ID. You captured is with good sharp details and wonderfully beautiful colors, Very well done my friend and tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-01 15:46]
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Hi Ana,magnificent capture of the Christmas star,i have a plant at home me too,the scientific name is Euphorbia pulcherrima but is common know as poinsetia.A great pic and the perfect contrast between red and green,i like it!Thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano

Hello Ana
Beautiful photo of Euphorbia heterophylla. This species is a native of Mexico and Central America. It was introduced for ornamental purposes in many countries and has become an invading weed worldwide including my country.

Beautiful capture of the Christmas star, wonderfull colors with good sharp details

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-01 23:03]

Bonjour Ana,
Belle composition aux jolies couleurs.
Tu as d'autres terrains vagues ou l'on trouve des jolies fleurs comme celle-ci.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-09-01 23:47]

nicely taken. good work. tfs.

Hi Ana, Very nice and well seen image of this unusual red leaf Bush my friend, splendid composition, nice and sharp, perhaps the lighting is a little dull, but as presented a splendid picture,
Best regards,


Ciao Ana, lovely composition with beautiful flowers, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful bright colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello aNa,
seems to me that you do not pay an attention to my notes in regards to the white balance ...which is OK, that is a personal view and everyone has to stand behind it's own preferences. This however does not change my view in this regard. Lets have a look your settings here: the Light source in your photo info has been set to Shade...right?! Well, in those settings the camera is trying to compensate for the heavy natural blue cast which appears under shadows ..right ... however, as it happens often this can move the color balance from blue to extreme yellow as it is here in this image! In my opinion this yellow cast is too heavy and distorting the natural colors ! Feel free to disagree with me my friend!
George Veltchev

Ciao Ana,
very good sharpness and point of view. Many details. Great composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Olá Ana!
Eu sei que esta planta é como uma versão em miniatura de plantas Natal, parece mas não é o mesma. Eu nunca soube o ID desta planta.
Boa foto, cores de fogo, um contraste interessante, e quando eu olhar nos olhos nus!
Feliz dia amiga Ana!

Hello Ana,
Magnificent contrasting colours and a nice composition for this beautiful image. Excellent details too. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-02 11:04]

Hello Ana,
Beautiful photo of this flowers. Very nice saturated colours and good sharpness. Good choice of composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Anna,
Great capture of such a lovely plant. The colors are a little bit strange to me but
the composition is excellent.
The vivid colors of this plant are amazing.....
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ana,
Great shot of this very interesting plant, beautiful colours, great details sharpness and good composition, well seen and well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Saturday,
Best Regards,

Publicas una especie muy interesante Ana, que no se da en mi clima
aunque algunas especies muy similares o quizá una evolución de esta se
comercializan aquí como hornamentales. Angulo de disparo algo forzado
a mi entender.
Un abrazo y buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour aNa,
Le cadrage est un peu trop serré sur le bas de l'image mais cela n'enlève rien aux qualités techniques et artistiques de ta publication.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Ana,
excellent shot, great composition and point of view, fantastic sharpness and depth of field,nice colors and good light.

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