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Ants in Dillenia suffruticosa fruit

Ants in Dillenia suffruticosa fruit
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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: 2010-12-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-27 3:27
Viewed: 4635
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This plant is endemic in Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. Now it is much planted in the rest of tropical Asia and on the Pacific Islands. In those places, the plant becomes a garden escape, sometimes invasive.

Name derived from "suf" meaning under and "fruiticosa" link to shrubby.
Large evergreen shrub to 7m, often forming thickets. Common in secondary forests, especially swampy ground, most in south. Flowers continuously, each open for just a day.

Fruit ripe in 36 days. The red star shaped fruit is actually an aggregation of dehisced follicles. The seeds are enveloped by fleshy scarlet -colored aril. The unopened fruits are surrounded by thick red sepals. Fruits or 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.

Some nurseries raised the plants as a cheap source for ornamental plant. Without doubt, many new housing areas usually arid, has adopted this tree as shade. Its wood is good for making and tools. It contains tannin useful in animal hide tanning. In India, its wood and charcoal are widely used for fuel. In some countries Gum from the tree is sold commercially. Simpoh Air is used to staunch bleeding wounds, and the fruit pulp may be used to wash the hair. In smaller towns, the large broad leaves comes in handy. They can be used in the wet market as wrappers for meat and veggie.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-27 3:49]

Hi Foozi! What a colorfull pic today! A very nice and interesting plant whit these spectacular fruits,absolute prfection of sharpness,light and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-27 4:16]

hello Foozi,
Lovely and colorful shot. Interesting to see the inside of the fruit, like a red star. And the little ants are of course a "plus" for your picture. As usual excellent presentation.
Kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-27 4:26]

Salam Foozi,
Excellent macro shot!
Endemic plant a beautiful presentation. Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Foozi,
Bonne composition dans une très belle lumière faisant resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Foozi. Great pic in excellente DOF and super colours results. Lovely compo. TFS.


Hi Foozi,

Great shot and fabulous composition, love the vibrant colours, good sharpness and detail,
Congratulations Foozi and well done,
Best Regards,


Hallo Foozi,
what a beautiful macro shot, fantastic vivid colours, outstanding sharpness, a great visula impact
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-27 5:53]

Hello Foozi.
Wonderful image of this beautiful fruit, lovely color and light with great DoF and excellent detail. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Sawadee ka Foozi,
Excellent capture with superb details sharpness and rich natural colours!
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Foozi!
Wonderful pic in a very nice composition.Great colors and sharpness.
A very pleasant shot, indeed! Excellent BG and control of lightness.
Did you open the fruit on purpose to take this pic? It´s so beautiful see the fruit with all these small red seeds.Well done! TFS
Nice day!

PS: many thanks for visiting my gallery!

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-27 6:28]

A very interesting and instructional photo of that fruit and tree. The image is very clear and well composed. Bright colors and good depth of field, this image teaches me a lot about the vegetation of you country. Very interesting note too.


Interesting colourful photograph with good detail. regards yiannis

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-04-27 8:00]

Hello Foozi,
A lovely macro of this beautiful star-shaped fruit in bright colours and against a fine dark background. I enjoyed reading the note too!
TFS asnd best wishes, Ulla

Hi Foozi,
what an interesting and beautiful plant! Amazing colours. Very nice composition.
Great sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

great fruit capture, TFS Ori

Hello Foozi,
Excellent image with splendid contrast and very good exposure.
Perfect focus, splendid sharp details and very good clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Foozi, lovely composition with ants on a beautiful fruit, fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
A wonderful composition with vivid colours and excellent sharp details. The image looks like a fine painting. Well done!

Hello Foozi , beautiful details and great light in this shot. A wonderful image. All the best, Paul

Hello Foozi

Nature Morte style very beautiful photo
with the plant/flower and its fruits
and the bonus of the insects, fine POV,
very beautiful light and color tones,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


GREAT photo Foozi!! The composition, the colours, the lighting the BG and the sharpness are Fantastic.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2011-05-02 22:11]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum wa rah mathull hay wa bara ka tu hu,
SUBHAAN ALLAH, for me living in desert it is all discovery. The colours, the focusing and the composition are superb and TFS.


Foozi, this is a unique and beautiful macro. It is a great capture. Thanks for commenting on my Red Head Duck, I appreciate it. Bill

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