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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/420 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-12 11:54
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Points: 15
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HI friends,

I've capture this flower near powai lake in mumbai. These plants are spread all over the powai lake.

Thanks a lot to ANNA for correcting the ID.

The seven species of water hyacinth comprise the genus Eichhornia. Water hyacinth are a free-floating perennial aquatic plant native to tropical and sub-tropical South America. With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as 1 meter in height. The leaves are 1020 cm across, and float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. The feathery, freely hanging roots are purple-black. An erect stalk supports a single spike of 8-15 conspicuously attractive flowers, mostly lavender to pink in colour with six petals. When not in bloom, water hyacinth may be mistaken for frog's-bit (Limnobium spongia).
One of the fastest growing plants known, water hyacinth reproduces primarily by way of runners or stolons, which eventually form daughter plants. It also produces large quantities of seeds, and these are viable up to thirty years. The common water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) are vigorous growers known to double their population in two weeks.
In Assamese they are known as Meteka. In Sinhala they are known as Japan Jabara due to their use in World War II to fool Japanese pilots into thinking lakes were fields usable to land their aircraft, leading to crashes. In Burmese they are known as Baydar.
In Southern Pakistan, they are the provincial flower of Sindh.

Water hyacinth often invades bodies of water that have been impacted by human activities. For example, the plants can unbalance natural lifecycles in artificial reservoirs or in eutrophied lakes that receive large amounts of nutrients.
They are being found for the abundant plants, such as for cattle food and in biogas production. Recently, they have also begun to be used in wastewater treatment due to their fast growth and ability to tolerate high levels of pollution. Parts of the plant are also used in the production of traditional handicrafts in Southeast Asia. In Bangladesh, farmers have started producing fertilizer using Water Hyacinth or Kochuripana as it is known there locally.

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Pontederiaceae
Genus: Eichhornia

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Hi Kapil,

Congratulations Kapil on wonderful image of high standard, lovely back lighting to to give this great effect,amazing sharpness and excellent exposure and white balance control,
Lovely presentation and well worthy of many more accolades,
Best Regards,


Hi Kapil,
Very nice representation of these flowers, beautiful and great clarity with nice surrounding and back light is very good,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hallo Kapil
This is a beautiful capture off a flower that is considered to be a pest in our country South Africa. This is however a Common Water Hyacinth - Eichhornia crassipes and not an Iris. Please read up about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_hyacinth

Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-12 12:23]

Hello Kapil,
Beautiful photo of this Water Hyacinth. Light and colours are splendid. Good sharpness and POV. Excellent sharpness and details.

Hello Kapil,
What a beautiful image! Much more than I expected from the thumbnail. Really a pleasure to view. Yes, it is a pest in our country because of water pollution by sewerage which provides nutrients for them. I am amazed when members demonstrate great knowledge such as we have seen here again with the identification by Anna. Well done to both of you. Thank you and best wishes.

Very well capture of this common Indian Hyacinth plant (in Bengali we call it Kachuri Pana, and probably it was brought by Lady Canning, and spared all over India from Calcutta Governor House Garden. At present this plant treat as weed and difficult to control). Nice colour and composition.

Very interesting and very nice flower. Super sharp and colores.

The back lighting is very nice, bringing out the translucent properties of the petals. Its a beautiful flower, despite its status as weed. regards yiannis

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