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Pithecellobium dulce (fruit)

Pithecellobium dulce (fruit)
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-18
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/480 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 0:33
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Points: 14
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Pithecellobium dulce.
Common names: Madras Thorn, Manila Tamarind.
Common Hindi name: Jungle Jalebi.
Plant: 8-18m tall. Thorny deciduous tree.
Leaves: Bipinnate. Each pinna has single pair of ovate-oblong leaflets 2-4cm long.
Flower: Greenish-white, fragrant, small white heads 1cm in diameter.
Fruit: 1-1.5cm wide, about 12cm long, pinkish pods, become spiral as they mature.
Native to Central and northern South America. It is introduced and extensively naturalised in the Caribbean, Florida, Guam and Southeast Asia. It is considered an invasive weed in Hawaii.
In folk medicine, a decoction of its bark can cure frequent bowel movement. The leaves can be applied as plasters for pain and veneral sores. Decoctions of leaves are also used for indigestion and abortifacient.
The seed and pulp are made into a sweet drink and eaten roasted or fresh. In India, the seeds are used fresh or in curries.
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Hi Nirmal, Today close neighbour:)

what a interesting fruit of a tree, Madras Thorn which is new for me. Its flowers also strange. Perfect shot in all aspects my friend. Your notes are also useful. TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-12 3:36]

Hello Nirmal,
A very fine and interesting capture of these beautiful seeds from the Tamarind tree. A fine composition showing great details and lovely colours. Pretty flowers too and I bet the scent is lovely!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-12 8:58]

Hola Nirmal,
interesante trabajo,
buen encuadre y detalles,
excelente link,
saludos amigo

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-06-12 10:05]

Hi Nirmal,
Very interesting my friend......both the note and the shape of the fruit in its "beanlike" sac.Nice natural colours in the low light and good handling of the conditions.Take care friend.
Regards, David

Bonsoir Gilbert !
Ce petite fruit a un drole d'air ! Les détails, les couleurs et la composition sont excellents. Une bonne profondeur de champ et un bon focus sur le fruit. Du très beau travail !
Merci et au revoir...JP

This "Jungle Jalebi" looks delectable, Nirmal.
Your knowledge about the flora is amazing.
This is a wonderful picture and you have selected the formation very judiciously.
Very good colours and composition.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-06-14 6:28]

Very good image of the Fabaceae species. Indeed, the fruit resembles that of the Acacia.



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