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Ceratonia siliqua

Ceratonia siliqua
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Copyright: yiannis christofides (yiannis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 0 N: 770] (5400)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus E3
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-10-16 9:08
Viewed: 3868
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ceratonia siliqua male flowers

Large evergreen tree with leathery leaves.
The genus belongs to the Caesalpinioideae
subfamily of the Fabaceae.
It has a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern distribution.
It is a widespread wild and cultivated plant in Cyprus and in the last century the fruit was the chief export of Cyprus. It is a drought resistant plant, requiring no water and is well suited to the Mediterranean climate. It is chiefly cultivated for its pods, which are used as animal fodder and also to extract a sweet syrup for human consumption. It is also used as a substitute for chocolates.

It is also reported to have aphrodisiac qualities but don't take too much as there are other unforeseen consequences!

The seeds are remarkably constant in weight and in ancient times were used for weighing precious metals- hence the name carat. In late Roman times the gold coin known as solidus weighed 24 seeds, hence pure gold has a weight of 24 carats.

The species of the genus Ceratonia are thought to be relics of a much greater genus. Until recently
C. siliqua was thought to be the only member until a second species, Ceratonia oreothauma was discovered in Yemen.

The tree is mostly dioecious with the flowers appearing on one year old branches in autumn.
They carry no petals and insects are attracted by nectar produced by the male flowers.
There are 5 anthers per flower, opposite the calyx lobes.
The photo shows the male flowers, in the workshop the female flowers and a pod are shown

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-16 9:21]

Hi Yiannis.How is strange and beautiful this flower,i never seen before.Magnificent and interesting post,and a top class capture whit the best exposure,details and colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

great angle, it was worth waiting for your new picture for SUCH a long time, regards ,ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-16 10:39]

Hello Yiannis.
Perfect DoF, great sharpness on the flowers, very fine details, and nice blurry BG . Nice vivid colors. Great shot.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Yannis, lovely flower on beautiful blurry BG, fantasic colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Welcome back MF Yannis! Impressive DOF and details best sharp. Colours and light are fantastic. TFS.


Hello Yannis
Wonderful capture of this interesting and beautiful species.Lovely composition,wonderful bright colours and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-17 6:17]

Very interesting flower with fine red colors..good capture. tfs.

Hello Yiannis,
An excellent macro with beautiful colors, details & sharpness. Well composed & presented with a nice POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


hello yiannis,
a picture with perfect colour, clarity and composition.
best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-17 10:11]
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Hello Yiannis,
Striking colors and shape and a beautiful composition to present this very special plant. I will not ask you what are the unforseen consequences :-)
Very pleasing shot. Well done.
Thanks for this interesting posting

Καλημέρα Γιάννη,
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία με πολύ καλή σύνθεση, εντυπωσιακά χρώματα και εξαιρετική ευκρίνεια.

hello Yiannis
this is super good
i like the sharpness and light on this beautiful red
thanks greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-18 19:13]

Hello Yiannis,
A new plant for me and shown exceptionally well in this photo. Looks like it has quite a few uses according to your notes. Super sharp focus allowing us to view some wonderful detail while the colors are vivid, yet natural. The WS image is also very good and shows us another stage of it's growth. Great work!!

Hi Yiannins,
excellent POV of this inflorescence male of Ceratonia, common in the litoral of my country
Have a Nice WE

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-22 13:10]

Hello Yiannis,
What a wonderful tree with remarkable seeds. Splendid colours, very good sharpness and an excellent DOF with this background. Fine choice of composition.

Hello Yiannis,

Now that is an interesting specimen!
Not before seen by me, and it is a pleasant composition with very good details in the plant...
Rich, vivid colours too..!

Pablo -

simply beautiful !

Hello Yannis,
Excellent capture with nice details and beautiful natural colours.
TFS and my regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-23 2:49]

Hello Yiannis
very lively composition of this red flowers. Very unique and very well lighted shot.
All the details are lively.


Hi Yiannis,
Extremely interesting flower, extremely pleasant composition, fantastic background blur, awesome color palette... Breathtaking image which makes the viewer speechless. Wonderful job!
Best regards, László

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