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Dillenia/ Wormia Suffruticosa

Dillenia/ Wormia Suffruticosa
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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: 2009-07-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-16 18:22
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Points: 42
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Dillenia/Wormia suffruticosa or locally known as Simpoh Air.

I have been eyeing this flower for quite sometimes. the fact that I do not stay in the locality where this flower flourish. Im from the state of Kedah whilst this species grow a lot in the state of Perak. Quite a distance to me. I have been seeing it along the highway and I dont have the opportunity to stop.
what else to get set with the camera and shoot it.
fortunately one day, on my way back along the highway not far from the resting place I notice it in the bushes about 200 meters away.
The opportunity never knock twice. so no matter what I have to go.
Eventhough I reach the place but Im boundried by the fence and a deep dugout drain. Luckily the long lens is with me. I have to shoot a few as it is a bit windy. I just like it to dshare with you that sometimes , if you think you can ....you can.

This distinctive shrubby tree grows vigorously on eroded soil, wasteland, forest edges and swampy areas.

Everything about it is large.

It has large leaves, and large yellow flowers. The flowers open at 3 am and last only a day. They are pollinated by bees which collect its pollen (the flowers don't produce nectar or a scent) or by small beetles and flies that scramble over it. Almost every flower sets fruit.
Main features: Large shrub or small tree. Grows up to 5m.

Leaves: Large (35cm long) oval leaves that are cabbage-like with slightly toothed edges.

Flowers: Large yellow, five petals.

Fruits: Red, splits open into segments; seeds covered with red flesh.

Classification: Family Dilleniaceae.

The unopened fruits are surrounded by thick red sepals. To distinguish them from 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. The plant blooms from age 3-4 and can live for 50-100 years! Plants in the Simpoh family (Dilleniaceae) hiss when the trunk or a branch is cut (you have to put your ear to the cut to hear it). The sound comes from the air that is sucked into the cut vessels.

Uses: The large leaves of the Simpoh Air were used to wrap food such as tempeh (fermented soyabean cakes), or formed into shallow cones to contain traditional "fast food" such as rojak.

The Simpoh Air sends out very deep tap roots to reach underground water sources. So much so that their presence suggests an underground water source, and some people use the plant as a guide to decide where to dig a well. The timber is not useful because it is twisted and very hard.

Traditional medicinal uses: Simpoh Air is used to staunch bleeding wounds, and the fruit pulp may be used to wash the hair (Brunei).

Role in the habitat: The Simpoh Air provides food and shelter for other plants and creatures. It is among the few plants that can germinate and grow on white sands. As a pioneer species, it provides shade for other less hardy plants to establish themselves. The tiny bit red flesh (arils) surrounding the seeds are irresistible to birds, which quickly disperse the seeds. Tailorbirds often make their nests out of the large leaves of the Simpoh Air.

Bunga Simpor by Dr.s Idris M. Said as background information on the flower which is the logo of the APEC 2000 Summit held in Brunei Darussalam: lots of info on distribution, traditional uses, role in the habitat.
Tropical Flowers of the Singapore Botanic Garden by James Teiw: brief facts, photos.
Guide to the Wildflowers of Singapore, online version on the Singapore Science Centre: fact sheet, drawings, photos.
To buy these references & others, visit
Nature's Niche

Ivan Polunin, "Plants and Flowers of Singapore", Times Editions, 1987 (p. 99: description, habitat, distribution, photo).
Foo Tok Shiew, "A Guide to the Wildflowers of Singapore", Singapore Science Centre, 1985 (p. 24: description, habitat, photo).
E. J. H. Corner, "Wayside Trees of Malaya: Vol I", Malayan Nature Society, 4th ed., 1997 (p. 232-233: description, habit).

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-07-16 20:41]

Yaa Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,
An amazing yellow with much depth, beautiful shot.


hi Foozi
simple beautiful scene and photo with very good colours,

Hello Fooei !
What a great picture ! I like the shape of the flower, its vibrant yellow color, and all the wonderful details that we can see on her petals, in her heart. Composition, POV and blurred BG are splendid, too. Very well done !

Hi Foozi,

Nice bright yellow flower. Very neatly captured with nice PoV. Very well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-17 2:00]

Hi Foozi,top quality close-up on this flower,another time a new specie for me....perfect sharpness and colors and very interesting note too! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-17 4:15]

Slav Foozî,
Very beautiful flower and excellent capture.Colors are very naturel and very nice.Thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-17 7:02]

Hello Foozi,
Like always I like your composition a lot. You show this beautiful yellow flower in a simple and beautiful composition, the sharpness is perfect and the color-contrast very pleasant. Touched to read how you looked for this plant and what kind of use this flower has. Very interesting posting.
Kindest regards

Ciao Foozi, congratulations for your splendid 300th post on TN, lovely composition with beautiful yellow flower, superb sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi MF Foozi,
Congrats on your 300th posting on TN! and thanks gor 300 times! A fine and splendid macro capture of of this beautiful yellow with net details and excellent managing of the light!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Foozi. Perfect sharp and DOF. Very well done this your 300th... TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-17 13:41]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful details, great use of shallow DOF, great sharpness and well composed.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi
What a pleasant shot ! i like the vivid yellow color of the flower, the fine details, the great composition and the beautiful green BG
Have a great night

An excellent shot, Foozi...Love the POV/DOF!

Wonderful macro,nice flower,splendid colours.
Good note.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-18 16:55]

Hi Foozi,

I'm so glad you finally got your shot of this pretty flower. You did an excellent job showing it off in fine details. The yellow flower against the green background is stunning. Beautiful composition.


Hello Foozi,
congratulations on 300th post, splendid picture of this yellow flower taken from an excellent frontal POV with very good sharpness and vivid colours, well composed.
Best regards

hello Foozi
what a great sharpness picture
so great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Foozi
Simple flower, very good focused..Sharpness details and colors perfect...TFS.

Hi Foozi,

The close-up view is showing with precision the colors and the details of the Dillenia/Wormia suffruticosa. The subject is well framed. The blurred background is putting in evidence the flower. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonjour Foozzi,
L'excellent angle de prise de vue et le cadrage serré permettre d'apprécier, sous une bonne lumière, la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

beautifull, flower, congratulation

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