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Aponogeton distachyos

Firstly, please forgive me if I only click today. This is my 6th attempt at uploading this image as I tried 5 times yesterday!!

The image is of a flower many of you may never have heard of, an Aponogeton distachyos. Its common name is the Water Hawthorn. Though there are around 30 species of this plant, most are not able to survive in the British climate being mainly from the tropics and sub-tropics. All are water plants and this one came as a surprise "free gift", presumably as a seed, when I purchased the miniature Waterlily and Mace to grow in an ornamental tank about 8 years ago. In a larger pond the flowers would be about 4 inches across but mine seems to have adapted itself to match with the other plants as the flowerheads tend to be no more than 2 inches and, large or small, all have a lovely, rich scent. NB the leaves in this image are those of the Waterlily. Those of the Aponogeton are oval and less than an inch in length, though again grow to a greater length in a large pond.

A very big "Thank You" to Robin (graceland) for his greatly appreciated UA. Gary (Growmore) so kindly did his first ever Mod on the same image, "Pincusion?" and I must say, think he made a very fine job of it too!

Thanks to one and all for looking in and for your on-going words of encouragement.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
18 Sep 2012 3:48PM
Beautiful and colourful capture,very well done,

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18 Sep 2012 3:55PM
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
18 Sep 2012 4:27PM
How delicate and beautiful, Ann, well captured. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 150 England
18 Sep 2012 5:07PM
I certainly have never heard of this one, Ann. Well captured, lovely image and write up.

8 10 10 England
18 Sep 2012 5:07PM
I love the variety of muted colours in this image Ann - a perfect backround for this tiny bloom.
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 5:10PM
Very nice deep colours and lovely water reflections, great light tooGrin
18 Sep 2012 5:31PM
Superb image
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 6:39PM
Fabulous shot Ann, absolutely beautiful

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:03PM
Lovely image what a beautiful flower Ann.
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:08PM
Lovely flower, and also I recognised the waterlily bulb and its leaves too.
18 Sep 2012 7:35PM
good one

Sue_R Plus
11 11 6 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 8:06PM
This works really well. I've tried taking photos of water hawthorn flowers but never been very pleased with the result. Going to have to try again now Smile

Water hawthorn are well worth their place in a pond. Ours have been in flower for months and are still blooming despite the weather having turned a lot colder in the last week or so.

Sue Smile
NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
18 Sep 2012 8:57PM
The flower is lovely Ann,as are the colours and tones around it .
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Sep 2012 10:27PM
Thanks for a view and your text re: this unusual flower!
NDODS 6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 5:56AM
An extremely interesting foreword, and the photograph which has been so wonderfully captured, simply merges the two together seamlessly.

Regards Nathan
CaroleS Plus
7 430 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 7:53AM
A new one to me and what a little gem Ann, lovely detail.
Billyray 9 70 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:56AM
This is lovely Ann. I too have never heard of this flower but really glad you uploaded it. Your description is once again excellent.
graceland 12 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 2:47PM
Grin nice one well done
Tibetan 5 3 England
19 Sep 2012 3:16PM
Interesting as I have not heard of this! thank you for all the detail, like the flowers, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 4:11PM
Ann you have so much in this besides that gorgeous lilly flower
all the colours and textures
wonderful image
hasslebladuk 7 1 6 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:25PM
Excellent shot love the colours and detail
LexEquine 11 19 United States
20 Sep 2012 1:23AM
'Superlative, Artistic, & lovely Imagery & Composition!' ~ Peter Smile
20 Sep 2012 3:34PM
Arranged beautifully Ann,
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:23PM
This is most enchanting... IB
21 Sep 2012 12:14AM
Lovely looking flower with wonderful textures in this excellent composition Ann.
abeeror2 5 23 Australia
21 Sep 2012 3:13AM
The colours are amazing!
1881 5 India
22 Sep 2012 8:28PM
SORRY, that I could not visit your Album such a long time.
With Best regards -
22 Sep 2012 8:46PM
Beautiful colourful capture
22 Sep 2012 9:33PM
Brilliant shot. Amazing detail and color. Delicious.
Regards, Oleg
posty57 9 6 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 11:25PM
Grows in most of the dams and lakes in South Africa. I love the combination of the 'autumnal' colours of the water lily leaves, and the stark white of the flowers. A wonderful image.

beautiful image ann,love the colours.ray

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