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Copyright: Sea Ayhan (norenastramus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2229 W: 88 N: 1678] (23434)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Macro
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100 W, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 10:28
Viewed: 1626
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hibiscus, or rosemallow, is a large genus of about 200–220 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae (the mallow family, along with members like cocoa, cotton, okra, baobab and durian) native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, and woody shrubs and small trees.

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1 Description
2 Uses
2.1 National symbol
3 Species

The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, ranging from white to pink, red, purple or yellow, and from 4-15 cm broad. The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule splits open at maturity.
A hibiscus, showing pistil and stamens
At left, a flower emerges from a bud. At right, the same flower less than 18 hours later.

A white Hibiscus arnottianus in Hawaii.
A red Hibiscus of Kerala
(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis).Many species are grown for their showy flowers or used as landscape shrubs. Hibiscus is also a primary ingredient in many herbal teas.

One species of Hibiscus, known as Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus), is extensively used in paper making. Another, roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is used as a vegetable and to make herbal teas and jams (especially in the Caribbean).

In Mexico, the drink is known as Jamaican water or agua de Jamaica and is quite popular for its color, tanginess and mild flavor; once sugar is added, it tastes somewhat like cranberry juice. Dieters or persons with kidney problems often take it without adding sugar for its beneficial properties and as a natural diuretic. It is made by boiling the dehydrated flowers in water; once it is boiled, it is allowed to cool and drunk with ice.[1]

In Egypt and Sudan, roselle petals are used to make a tea named after the plant, karkade.

Hibiscus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Chionodes hibiscella, Hypercompe hambletoni, the Nutmeg moth, and the Turnip Moth.

The Hibiscus is used as an offering to Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship. The Gumamela or Hibiscus rosa sinensis linn flower has antifungal, emmenagogue, emollient and refrigerant effect.[240]

The bark of the hibiscus contains strong fibers. They can be obtained by letting the stripped bark sit in the sea in order to let the organic material rot away. In Polynesia these fibers (fau, pūrau) are used for making grass skirts. They have also been known to be used to make wigs.

Hibiscus, especially white hibiscus, is considered to have medicinal properties in the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda. Roots make various concoctions believed to cure various ailments.

The natives of southern India uses the Red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) for hair care purposes. The red flower and leaves, extracts of which can be applied on hair to tackle hair-fall and dandruff on the scalp. It is used to make hair protective oils. A simple application involves soaking the leaves and flowers in water and using a wet grinder to make a thick paste, and used as a natural shampoo.

Dried hibiscus is edible, and is often a delicacy in Mexico.

The hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Hawaiian women. A single flower is tucked behind the ear. Which ear is used indicates the wearer's availability for marriage.

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower (Bunga Raya) of Malaysia.
Another Hibiscus rosa-sinensis in India.In temperate zones, probably the most commonly grown ornamental species is Hibiscus syriacus, the common garden Hibiscus, also known in some areas as the "Rose of Althea" or "Rose of Sharon" (but not to be confused with the unrelated Hypericum calycinum, also called "Rose of Sharon"). In tropical and subtropical areas, the Chinese hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis), with its many showy hybrids, is the most popular hibiscus.


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Merhaba Ayhan

güzel bir makro. Renkler ve netlik harika olmuş. Aynı çiçeği bende çekip yayınlamıştım. Özellikle ortadaki sarı tohumcukları net çıkartmakta zorlanmıştım. Sen onları çok iyi net çıkartmışsın.



Merhaba Ayhan,
Canlı pastel renklerden oluşan çarpıcı bir macro...
Çok net ve doğallık mükammel. Ellerine sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi,Komshi Sea,
I see another beautiful flower.
But I haven't seen your wonderful fields and your cat for a long time:)
Well, it seems,it's the time of macros?:))
Ok, tomorrow's my turn:))
Lovely WE

Selam Ayhan,
Yaz aylarının kraliçesi Hibiscus.
Alımlı bir kırmızı eteği ve asil duruşunu sağlayan sarı kırmızı organelleri ile gerçek bir kraliçe.
Ellerine sağlık.
Selahattin E

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-07-26 11:09]
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Wow.my friend ,this red hibiscus is so beautifully made a blueprint.Beautiful composition Ayhan ,good work.Details and presentation is wonderful.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-07-26 12:11]
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Hello Ayhan,
Beautiful hibiscus,good presentation,framing and good macro.Marvelous picture with beautiful colors. Perfectly.

This hibiscus is so sharp and vivid Sea. I like the focus on the stamens and pistil. Interesting I was taking photos of the same flower this morning. Regards, Danilo

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-07-26 15:00]
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merhaba Ayhan...
şu an milas tada gördüğümüz güzel renkleriyle harika bir çiçek, güzel macro çalışmanıtı kutlarım...çok güzel...selamlar

Hello Sea,

Beautiful red flower and excellent shot!
Congratulations and TFS,

merhaba Sea,

A beautiful flower captured with sharp details and using good composition.
The reds and the greens make a very pleasing combination.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)


Orjinalliği bozulmayan nadide fotoğraflardan biri olmuş. Kare seçiminizi çok beğendim. Elleriniz dert görmeye. Harika bir makro çalışma...

Sevgi ve selamlarımla :)

Haluk Derinöz

hi sea, neat point of view with good composition, very pretty picture, tfs,

excellent sharpness and detail in your hibiscus shot esp. the midde.. good one, Sea.. well done on the composition and colours..

regards, terry

Çok güzel olmuş elinize sağlık
Notta çok açıklayıcı

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-07-27 3:31]

Merhaba Hilmi,
yaz aylarının vaz geçilmez çiçeği hibiscusun güzel bir sunumu olmuş.Tebrik ve teşekkürler.Necla.

Hello Sea,
Nice capture of this beautiful red Hibiscus..Good focus and very nice dof..
Beautiful note too..Good work my friend.


hi Ayhan,

It's a popular flower in my country . .
It's a country symbol of Malaysia . .
Great shot my friend


Merhaba Ayhan,
Harika bir makro çekim.Kadraj, netlik, renkler ve detaylar şahane olmuş.Elinize sağlık.


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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-07-27 5:54]
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Hi Sea,
Superb macro and great colors too. The color of love :) Nicely done. Thanks for this moment

Hi Sea,
Very nice colors in this image. Beautiful flower. Good macro with a nice dof.

Hola Sea.
Sensacional colorido y buenos detalles.
Interesante comentario.
Saludos y tfs, JL.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-07-27 13:02]

Hi Sea...
I like the shot, image, light and quality...
Well creative and - Well done!
Rgd. George

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-07-27 15:25]

Hello Sea
Very nice presentation of this lovely hibiscus.
Good sharpness and well framed

günaydın sevgili dostum
muhteşem bir makro fotoğraf olmuş.tebrikler dostum.hayırlı haftalar dilerim.
gürkan akçakır.

Merhaba H.Ayhan, great macro with wonderful flower, splendid color and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Selamlar Ayhan:)
Çok Güzel bir yakın plan çalışması olmuş.Nefis Tonlar ve Detaylar.Ellerine sağlık.Tebrikler.
İyi Geceler,

Helo Sea

Beautiful your red hibiscus
I like them, more of the red for your fort
color and beauty of your nucleus with yellow points.
good presentation,
framing and good macro.


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