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Sharp as a leaf

Sharp as a leaf
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-04
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Natural stripes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-04 11:02
Viewed: 4446
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Because all day today was dark I went to Lodz's Palmhouse. This is the place where I photographed orchids. I took over 100 photos today, mostly orchids and other flowers. But I decided to as first post this leaves to show you that even leaf could be beautiful. Well, I forget to write name of this plant but I think it is rather popular in warmer parts of our globe. Maybe someone could help with ID then I'll update my note.
Technical info:
1/100, f8, iso100, ev -1.0, no tripod, flash, temperature 17.1C, humidity 69% :-)

Thanks for ID Carmem!
Marantha - Ctenanthe setosa (Roscoe) Eichl.
Country of Origin: southeast Brazil
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
SubClass: Zingiberidae
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Habit and leaf form. Herbs, or lianas (at least, some ‘sublianoid’). With a basal aggregation of leaves, or with neither basal nor terminal aggregations of leaves; rhizomatous (with sympodial rhizomes). Self supporting, or epiphytic, or climbing (occasionally). Mesophytic. Leaves alternate; distichous, or spiral to distichous; petiolate (the petioles often long, sometimes winged); sheathing. Leaf sheaths with free margins. Leaves simple (often colour-patterned); pulvinate (between blade and ‘petiole’). Lamina entire; conspicuously asymmetric (with the inner half-lamina larger); lanceolate, or oblong, or ovate; pinnately veined (or pinnate-parallel); without cross-venules; attenuate at the base, or cuneate at the base, or oblique at the base, or rounded at the base. Leaves eligulate. Lamina margins entire. Vernation convolute.
General anatomy. Plants with silica bodies (hat-shaped or as druses). Accumulated starch other than exclusively ‘pteridophyte type’.
Reproductive type, pollination. Plants hermaphrodite. Floral nectaries present. Nectar secretion from the gynoecium (via septal nectaries at the summit of the ovary). Entomophilous. Pollination mechanism conspicuously specialized (usually with an explosive pollination mechanism, with the style held under tension by the labellum until the latter is moved).
Geography, cytology. Sub-tropical to tropical. Pantropical and subtropical.

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It´s a Marantha.
The cropping you did is very well done.. But I would have washed it´s waxy leaves... or cloned the dust..hehe.. and water shine would add something to your photo.
Anyway,very good eyecaching, I like it.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-04 12:14]
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Very interesting and arty composition Grzegorz. I think you have made a nice job of this. Well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-04 13:43]
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Grzegorz you have a very artistic looking shot here. The colours and textures are terrific.
Good job

I appreciate very much your artistic work in TN, I am beggining to feel more interest on posting some too. The diagonal set you made with these greens are very good.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-04 16:37]
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Una imagen poco habitual, pero con un contenido estético excelente.
Muchas veces nos olvidamos de esos pequeños detalles que son tan hermosos como otros de los publicados.
Excelente colorido con gran composicion.

A little habitual image, but with an excellent aesthetic content.
Often we forgot those small details that are as beautiful as others of the published ones.
Excellent colorful with great composition.

Hi Grzeg, This Maranta looks much healthier than the one in my bathroom.Mine is always covered in mealybugs. (I've got a certificate in horticulture too...you'd think I'd do something about it)

Very nice Grzegorz.
Great sharpness and good colours and a great composition.
Very good job.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-05 0:10]

Very artisting presentation and I like it a lot.

Well done and thanks for posting

Grzegorz, The patterns & details mesmerize! Interesting presentation showing that there is intricate symmetry & beauty in nature we often overlook. Well done!

Very nice presentation of just green leaves. Only when you know how to protograph them they become a very good composition of the beauty of nature!

Good detail, nice composition of the three leaves and I like the small gap in the middle.

Plain, but stunning. A great composition.
Well done.

Interesting approach you took with this shot. It has an artisitic composition and yet so plain and simple but striking. I like the fresh ideas you come up with. Great work.

I like green on your picture! It's a "green of hope" :-) Very relaxing!

splendid photo. Looks almost artificial. Well captured!

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  • tigra Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 1 N: 24] (93)
  • [2006-08-08 20:58]

Hi, Grzegorz
A good composition, sharp and detailed.

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