Pterocarpus indicus seed pod photographs
This journal entry features black and white abstract photographs of a dried Pterocarpus indicus seed pod. I used a macro lens to explore and document the seed pod’s delicate organic structure. As a result the lens magnified the irregular patterns of the organic matter. For instance the magical papery wing like structure shown in the above imagery is very intricate and beautifully detailed. This journal has more botanical themed artworks such as the ‘Monochrome botanical creations‘ post which may be of interest to you.
The Pterocarpus indicus tree
I researched the Pterocarpus indicus flowering plant online and it’s also called the Angsana tree. It’s a large deciduous tree and can grow up to 40 meter’s in height. It was declared the national tree of the Philippines in 1934. If you’re curious about what the Angsana tree in bloom looks like, this short video is worth a watch and was shot in Penang – Malaysia.
Uses of the Angsana tree
According to several online articles the Angsana flowers and leaves are edible and widely used in traditional medicine. The leaves contain flavonoids, an antioxidant that provides health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic remedies. It’s also a premium timber species that is suitable for high grade furniture, lumber, and plywood for light construction purposes. The hardwood is purplish, termite-resistant and rose-scented. Furthermore, it’s also cultivated as a shade tree, such as in plantations and nurseries to provide shade to timber tree seedlings. – Source: Taman Tugu Malaysia
Artist: Tahnia Roberts ©2021
Subject: Pterocarpus indicus dried seed pod
Medium: Digital, photo, black and white
Artist country: Malaysia