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Caladium
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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: 2009-03-27
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-10 1:53
Viewed: 3775
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Caladium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae. They are often known by the common name elephant ear (which they share with the closely related genera Alocasia, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma), Heart of Jesus,[1] and Angel Wings. There are over 1000 named cultivars of Caladium bicolor from the original South American plant.[2]

The genus Caladium includes seven species, which are indigenous to Brazil and to neighboring areas of South America and Central America. They grow in open areas of the forest and on the banks of creeks and go dormant during the dry season. The wild plants grow to 40-90 cm tall, with leaves mostly 15-45 cm long and broad.

Several species are grown as ornamental plants for their large, arrowhead-shaped leaves marked in varying patterns in white, pink, and red (somewhat resembling the unrelated coleus) and have been in cultivation in Europe since the late 1700s. The two forms most widely cultivated are called "fancy-leaved" and "lance-leaved". The former is the more commonly seen and is the traditional caladium of cultivation; the leaves are more heart-shaped. The latter has more lance-head-shaped leaves. Most Caladiums in cultivation grow to about 60 cm high and 60 cm wide, although dwarf varieties are now in cultivation.

Numerous cultivars have been selected, most of them (over 120) derived from C. bicolor. The lance-leaved varieties are also derived from C. schomburgkii.

Caladiums grow from corms and can be propagated by dividing the tubers. They are hardy only to USDA plant hardiness zone 10; in colder areas, they are typically grown as tender bulbs or as houseplants.

During their growing season, they need a great deal of water and should not be allowed to dry out. Most varieties prefer partial to full shade, although sun-resistant varieties are now in cultivation. Approximately 98% of all caladium bulbs are from Lake Placid, Florida, in the United States.

In temperate areas, they should be lifted before the first frost. The corms are dried and stored for the winter when temperatures fall to 18C, and stored moderately dry (not bone-dry) over the winter at temperatures between 13 C and 16 C.

All parts of the plant are poisonous. They should not be ingested and may irritate sensitive skin.

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Foozi,

This is so beautiful. Lovely colors of the leaf and very well framed and presented.

TFS,

Sreya

Hi, Foozi,

thanks for sharing with us this artistic and colourful presentation of Caladium. It looks like a water-coloured or oil painting to me. very well done.

oh, and thanks for telling us that "All parts of the plant are poisonous." emmm...lovely looking - but can be lethal :P

chrs,
Man Yee

hi Foozi
'we will not eat it'
fine glance with artistic resault,
i like it
TFS
Nasos

Hello Foozi,
a splendid picture of Caladium, you have managed very well the shapes and the colours in a very nice composition, superb sharpness and marvellous colours.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Hello foozi, beautiful picture. You have captured the colors and texture of the leaf so nicely. Nice gentle lighting.

hello Foozi
great colours and super composition
great shot
thanks for sharring my side
greeting lou

Ciao Foozi, splendid detail with fantastic graphic and wonderful colors, very well done, have a great Easter week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-10 12:36]

Hi Foozi,simply fantastic!!! You must open a school of the different way to capture the nature! Very very great idea,fabulous details and colors!!Happy Easter to you and your family and thanks for share,Luciano.

Hello Foozi
Beautiful macro shot of this caladium leaf
I like your presentation
A great artistic image
very well done

Hi Foozi, a superb macro capture of the underside of a leaf of Caladium with fine details and fine diagonal composition.
TFS and happy weekend!
Bayram

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-11 10:17]

Hi Foozi.
I welcome your create and very nice idea as well as great realization. Diagonal composition is the most impressive. Colouration of the leaf and geometry of its construction are amazing. I also like crisp sharpness of the image. Well done and my compliments.
Alexei.

Great shot of this Caladium Foozi.
There are some amazingly ornate species in this family.
Cheers & TFS
Steve

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-04-12 0:22]

great graphism on it!
amazing colors and composition.

beautiful details.

tfs

Hello Foozi,

I love the artistry of your composition in this shot as well as the sharp details and the vivid colours.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Dear Foozi!

I was absent from your gallery and from TN for a while and I'm delughted to go through your pictures again. I'm impressed by the diversity of the subjects and stopped at this picture because of the superb colours and the high artistic aspect. It's a great pleasure to look at this colourful symmetry!

Kind regards

Markus

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