August 11, 2015

Mexican Shrimp and Golden Shrimp Plants

Justicia Brandegeeana - Mexican Shrimp plant flower detail

A small plant in the shape of bush caught my eye this summer, due to its peculiar orange colored flowers. Their petals form a scaly like body, which resemble shrimps even to the detail of their pop-out eyes.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/13 sec
Aperture: 7.1

Flash: Canon 580EX II - ETTL II mode 

Actually the common name of the Justicia Brandegeeana plant is "Shrimp" or "Mexican Shrimp". This also denotes that the plant is native to Mexico but has been exported to many distant countries with a warm climate.
The flowers come in small bunches of three to four buds.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Mexican Shrimp plant flower bunch
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM,
Focal Length: 400mm (640mm)
ISO: 400,
Exposure: 1/500 sec,
Aperture: 8.0
The plant is growing up to 1 m (3 ft) tall in bushes with bright green and orange colors adding a nice note into any garden.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Mexican Shrimp plant bush
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM,
Focal Length: 135mm (640mm)
ISO: 100,
Exposure: 1/400 sec,
Aperture: 5.0
Small white petals come out as tongues with a couple of stamens protruding out resembling the shrimps eyes.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Mexican Shrimp plant flower stamen detail
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/20 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Flash: Canon 580EX II - ETTL II mode



The Justicia Brandegeeana "Golden Shrimp" variety on the other hand has a deep yellow color with a little different positioning of the scale like petals.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Golden Shrimp plant bud
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/15 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Flash: Canon 580EX II - ETTL II mode
When the dud is fully opened, white tongues emerge from within the yellow flower attracting the insects, mainly bees, for the process of pollination.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Golden Shrimp plant foliage and flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Flash: Canon 580EX II - ETTL II mode
Although the height of this variety remains the same, the bright green foliage is larger and the buds sit individually instead of bunches.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Golden Shrimp flower detail
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/30 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Flash: Canon 580EX II - ETTL II mode
Small insects are visible from within the semi-opened bud.
Justicia Brandegeeana - Golden Shrimp semi opened bud
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 60mm (96mm)
ISO: 3200
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Many thanks to my old School-mate G.G. who helped with the plant info.
All Photos were shot in RAW and post processed in Canon's DPP (Digital Photo Professional) 3.14.
Thank you for viewing.
All Photos ©2015 S.C.Vlachos+

Reference Article:
Canon EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 Macro USM Reference

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