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Fuchsia (Princess earring)

Fuchsia (Princess earring)
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Copyright: Claudio Kloss (ecosites) (68)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot G6
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-02 16:04
Viewed: 3653
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Closed flower. One day more and may be it would bloom.

This one was found at "Serra dos Órgãos" National Park, Teresópolis, RJ

There are about 100–110 species of Fuchsia. The great majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also several on New Zealand, and Tahiti. One species, Fuchsia magellanica, extends as far as the southern tip of South America on Tierra del Fuego in the cool temperate zone, but the majority are tropical or subtropical. Most fuchsias are shrubs from 0.2–4 m (8 in-13 ft) tall, but one New Zealand species, Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata), is unusual in the genus in being a tree, growing up to 12–15 m (39-49 ft) tall.

Fuchsia leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3–5, simple lanceolate and usually have serrated margins (entire in some species), 1–25 cm long, and can be either deciduous or evergreen depending on the species. The flowers are very decorative pendulous "eardrop" shape, borne in profusion throughout the summer and autumn, and all year in tropical species. They have four long, slender, sepals and four shorter, broader, petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange. A few have yellowish tones, and recent hybrids have added the color white in various combinations. The fruit is a small (5–25 mm) dark reddish green, deep red, or deep purple edible berry containing numerous very small seeds. Many people describe the fruit as having a subtle grape flavor spiced with black pepper.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Fuchsia

More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia

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Ola Claudio.
Interessante essa flor,gostei da composicao e do fundo BG azul.

Hi Claudio,
This is a very artistic image!
I like so much the way the light of sun is seen through the leaf, dispersing in all that game of greens.
The colour contrast made with the blues and greens works great.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-12 7:37]

Olá Cláudio!
Bela composição! O detalhe da luz por trás da folha por si já vale a foto!

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