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Borneo Simpoh Air

Borneo Simpoh Air
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-30
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 50 D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-27 2:38
Viewed: 4990
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some of the many different types of unfamiliar plants many which seemed to be in fruit at this time of the year. Maybe an indication of the huge diversity of nature in the tropical jungles of Borneo.

Thanks to Foozi for identifying this as : Simpoh Air
This distinctive shrubby tree grows vigorously on eroded soil, wasteland, forest edges and swampy areas.
It has large leaves, and large yellow flowers. The flowers open at 3 am and last only a day. They are pollinated by bees which collect its pollen (the flowers don't produce nectar or a scent) or by small beetles and flies that scramble over it. Almost every flower sets fruit
The unopened fruits are surrounded by thick red sepals. To distinguish them from flower buds, the fruits face upwards while flower buds face down. The ripe fruit splits open also at 3 am, into pinkish star-shaped segments to reveal seeds covered in red arils. The plant blooms from age 3-4 and can live for 50-100 years! Plants in the Simpoh family (Dilleniaceae) hiss when the trunk or a branch is cut (you have to put your ear to the cut to hear it). The sound comes from the air that is sucked into the cut vessels.

The large leaves of the Simpoh Air were used to wrap food such as tempeh (fermented soyabean cakes), or formed into shallow cones to contain traditional "fast food" such as rojak.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-27 4:12]

Hi Murray,
this is a marvellous shot of the flowers. I strongly think that it is a "simpoh air". Noramlly found at a cool and hilly area.
Very nicely captured in great sharpness. Very beautiful.
I have it posted recently with scientific name. you can check it.


Amazing capture of those interesting fruits with nice colors.
Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Murray
superb capture, all looks so natural, details, sharpness and colors,
wonderful POV and composition
TFS and have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-30 8:43]

Hi Murray.
What a superb close-up with fantastic reproduction of shapes, texture, colours and other features of the fruits and plant at whole. First-class shot. My compliments and kind wishes.

Bonjour Murray,
Très belle macro valorisant bien le sujet avec un remarquable effet de relief ; le WS aurait également pu faire l'objet d'une publication à part entière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Murray,

The plant is well placed in the framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Simpoh air. The plant and the leave are clear and precise. The surrounding light is bringing out the colors. have a nice day.


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