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Amorphophallus paenifolius

Amorphophallus paenifolius
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Copyright: Emmanuel Boitier (emmari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: f/16, 5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-22 2:33
Viewed: 8874
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Amorphophallus paenifolius

To take the picture of this amazing flower, I used the built-it flash of my camera in front of it, and I put a wireless flash behind it to clear up the corolla (with a -0.7 IL compensation).


Amorphophallus is a large genus of some 170 tropical and subtropical tuberous herbaceous plants from the Arum family (Araceae).

These are typical lowland plants, growing in the tropical and subtropical zones of the paleotropics, from West Africa to the Pacific Islands. None of them are found in the Americas although a remarkably similar but not closely related genus, Dracontium, has evolved here. Most species are endemic. They grow preferably on disturbed grounds, such as secondary forests.

These small to massive plants grow from a subterranean tuber, Amorphophallus tubers vary greatly from species to species, from the quite uniformally globose tuber of A. konjac to the elongated tubers of A. longituberosus and macrorhizus to the bizarre clustered rootstock of A. coaetaneus. From the top of this tuber a single leaf, which can be several metres across in larger species, is produced atop a trunk like petiole followed, on maturity, by a single inflorescence. This leaf consists of a vertical leaf stalk and a horizontal blade, which may consist of a number of small leaflets. The leaf lasts one growing season. The peduncle (the primary flower stalk) can be long or short.

As is typical of the Arum family, these species develop an inflorescence consisting of an elongate or ovate spathe (a sheathing bract) which usually envelops the spadix (a flower spike with a fleshy axis). The spathe can have different colors, but mostly brownish-purple of whitish-green. On the inside, they contain ridges or warts, functioning as insect traps.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorphophallus

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Hello Emmanuel,
fascinatingly detailed capture of this unusual plant from out of the dark, obviously taken with great technical care and deliberation. Perfect scientific documentation.
How to avoid those slight sharp shadows close to contours caused by a standard flash mounted on the camera would be a further technical challenge - well, but critizising is always easier than doing.
Thank you for this excellent exotic document.
With best regards,

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

unbelivable inflorescence, TFS this unique aroid, Ori


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-22 17:46]

Hi Emmanuel,
Really a rare and smart flower. Perfect light, sharpness and colors.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-22 20:30]

Hello Emmanuel
Excellent details and wonderful colors. POV is very nice. Great use of DOFto show of this interesting flower. Beautiful composed photo and good notes..

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