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Sedap Malam

Sedap Malam
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG MACRO
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 23:44
Viewed: 6268
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sedap Malam .
In my language ( Malay Language/ Bahasa Melayu) this flower is known as Sedap Malam, literally translated as Delicious Night. This is due to the fact that the fragrance is exquisitely lovely and wonderful. It floats all night long and indeed a delicious one.
When I refer the name to scientific one it is known as Polianthes tuberosa. But the photo reference is a bit different in its branches and leaves. But the flowers do have the resemblance.
I think maybe it is of the different species, if any expert know do tell me.
The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a perennial plant of the agave family Agavaceae, extracts of which are used as a middle note in perfumery. The common name derives from the Latin tuberosa, meaning swollen or tuberous in reference to its root system. It consists of about 12 species. Polianthes means "grey flower".

The tuberose is a night-blooming plant thought to be native to Mexico along with every other species of Polianthes. The Aztecs called it Omixochitl [oh me' zu che' tl] or bone flower.

Its a prominent plant in Indian culture and mythology. The flowers are used in wedding ceremonies, garlands, decoration and various traditional rituals. It's Hindi name is "Rajnigandha", though it is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Raat ki Rani" ("Queen of the Night"), which is really Cestrum nocturnum. The name Rajnigandha means "night-fragrant" (rajni=night; gandha=fragrance). In Bengali, it is called "Rojoni-Gondha", meaning "Scent of the Night". In parts of South India, it is known as "Sugandaraja", which translates to "king of fragrance/smell". In Singapore it is called Xinxiao which means "that on which the moth rests". In Indonesia it is called "bunga sedap malam", meaning fragrant night flower. In Tamil Nadu it is called as Sambangi or nilasambangi and traditionally used in all type of garlanding especially in south Indian marriages. In Cuba it is called "azucena" which is the name given to amaryllis in Mexico.

The tuberose is also used traditionally in Hawaii to create Leis and was considered a funeral flower in Victorian times. Its scent is described as a complex, exotic, sweet, floral.

The tuberose grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm (18 in) long that produce clusters of fragrant waxy white flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike. It has long, bright green leaves clustered at the base of the plant and smaller, clasping leaves along the stem.

Members of the closely-related genus Manfreda are often called "tuberoses".

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Hi Fooz,
What an amazing macro shot.Great colours, light and details.TFS.


hello Foozi,

cantiknya bunga awak ne.. sedap malam sedap bunyinya.. lom pernah aku nampak bunga ne.. cian kan.. hehehe.. excellent shot.. komposisi pun stunning.. good one.. tfs.

regards, terry

Hello Foozi Saad,

What a beautiful flowers, and your photo is superb.Colours are fantastic,your shot is very sharp.The drops seem very nice.Good job.
Best regards,


good capture.
colors and texture are done well.
water droplets added drama to the composition.
well done. y2koSan

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-09-28 7:45]


Superbe ces fleur,s elles sont très belles avec les gouttes d'eau, un belle image douces et délicate.

bravo et amitié


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-28 8:38]

hi Foozi

I like this presentation and it is your best macro so far. The white petals and orange/green stamen is a great color mx and the green leaf.

tfs, bill

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 458 W: 66 N: 1002] (10038)
  • [2008-09-28 16:51]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum wa sah'r bakhair,
Yes, after having my sharee I do sit surfing and let the cup of tea and the PARATA digest, I usually go to bed after an hour till 10:00 AM.
The day passes very pleasently and I have a duty till 3:00PM afterwards rest till iftaar that is about 7:00 PM and after IFTAAR there is some activity to see friends and chat.
Ramadan, almost at the end but I felt this very comfortable though I'm decleared DIABATIC patent but during Ramadan it disaprears may this is the BARAKAT of Ramadan.
I found your shot very cool green and white the colour we Pakistanies much love, my regards to the rest of family and friends.

Nice shot at this multiple Malay names flower Foozi. The droplets and the stamens are just brilliant against the dark background. Now should be the time to open up daun palas and a shot at that beautiful tree should be fitting for the season. Eid Mubarak to you and family from hot and humid Kodiang. Wasallam. Jusni

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-10-06 8:22]

HI Foozi
What an interesting looking flower with its curled petals.
Nice composition the whites and orange showing up great against the black.

This one is one of your best shots n flowers Foozi. Perfect in all around with nice droplets.
TFS and cheers,


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