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Anatomy of a Cuckoo-pint (Dissection)

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Ever wondered what those weird stalks with bright red/orange berries on top are?, they are the last of the years growth of the Arum Maculatum (Wild Arum, Cuckoo pint, Lords and Ladies etc).
The small yellow berry looking things at the base (in the 2 left side images) are actually the Female flowers, the smaller darker rings above these are the male flowers and the hairs above these are sterile male florets which also act as an insect trap, the purple coloured Spadix gives of an odour to attract small insects.................this plant is not self pollinating, so it requires insects to become attracted to the Spadix, becoming trapped under the hairs, getting pollen on itself (from the male flowers).....and then escaping to other plants to complete the pollination of the female flowers..........pretty complicated and interesting if you ask me!Smile

Finally, at the end of Summer/start of Autumn, everything dies off except the female flowers, which swell into the (first) green, then red/orange berries (which are poisonous), the berries contain the seeds, the years cycle completed.

I created a composite (studio set up with artificial lighting and black background), I wanted to create an image that reminded me of the botany text books I read as a kid........these plants are extremely numerous, so I thought taking liberties with a few was OK.

Thanks for looking, cheers!Smile

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Anatomy of a Cuckoo-pint (Dissection)
Username:SteveMackay SteveMackay
Uploaded:30 Oct 2013 - 6:30 PM
Tags:Arum maculatum, Botany, Cuckoo pint, Flowers & plants, Plant, Plants
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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 6:35 PM

Pure magic Steve Grin

Mike

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 - 6:44 PM

Marvellous! The ones in my garden never look this good.

P.

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derekp
derekp e2 Member 3derekp vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:17 PM

excellent depictions of the plant.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1806 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom89 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:24 PM

Very impressive indeed.
Nigel

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:48 PM

How amazing and interesting what goes on in our gardens. Lovely image, very detailed for us to view.

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bricurtis
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30 Oct 2013 - 8:29 PM

Great work Steve - super sequence.
Brian.

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Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 8:57 PM

wonderful idea and superb execution!

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 9:17 PM

Great shots Steve. Some top class and imaginative images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 9:47 PM


Quote: Very impressive indeed.
Nigel

Agree with this whole heartedly!!

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 11:11 PM

Sheer brilliance, Steve. Superb detail, textures, tones and presentation, accompanied by a fascinating write-up. Ideally suited for publication in an upmarket botany publication.
Sylvia

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 3:57 PM

Had to come back and give a UA to this Steve - superbly done Grin

Mike

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SteveMackay
31 Oct 2013 - 8:28 PM

Thanks for comments and votes all, it's really appreciated!SmileSmile

With a special thanks to Sylvia and Mike for your user awards, that's made my day!, cheers!!SmileSmileSmile

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viscostatic
1 Nov 2013 - 5:14 PM

Beautiful and fascinating.

Phil.

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SteveMackay
1 Nov 2013 - 11:25 PM

Thanks again for comments and votes and a special thanks to Brian for your award, cheers mate!SmileSmile

Extra special thanks to Pete for your HC, it's really appreciated, cheers!!!!SmileSmileSmile

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