Dendrobium stratiotes orchid

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Dendrobium stratiotes is native to Sulawesi. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.
Plant blooms with 9 to 15 flowers measuring 8 to 10 cm wide. Petals are approximately 2-3 times as long as the sepals, sometime called erect or antennate; sepals are usually at least partly reflexed and generally in rolled.

*Spatulata

Photo SG 20100323

Dendrobium Orchid [2]

Out of the 1,200 species of Dendrobium there are six most common Dendrobium sections with flowers that can survive from one day to several weeks.

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Phalaenanthe They put out 6-8 cm showy broad flat flowers.

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Spatulata This section of dendrobium orchids known as antelope type. These orchids are hardy large plants.

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Callista Most are bulbous plants with a pendant inflorescence.

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Dendrobium A species of the dendrobium genus and produces leaves that grow up the canes.

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Formosae Produce white flowers that can grow up to four inches wide, in groups of two or three.

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Latouria This dendrobium orchid variety produces large, tough leaves.

Photos  taken at various place in Singapore.

Celosia spicata: Flamingo Feathers flower

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Imbiah Hill, Sentosa, 20120407

Celosia are from tropical Asia. This plant are one of the popular decoration on Chinese New Year festival. Celosia spicata not as popular as Celosia cristata [cock's comb] and Celosia pyramidalis [pyramid flower]  but ‘feather dusters’ flowers are quite attractive in the garden and in dried arrangements.

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Imbiah Hill, Sentosa, 20120407

Once flowering starts, the upright, red-stemmed plants continue to develop by extending the flower spikes into attractive forms.

Celosia are perennials but are mostly grown as annuals and blooms in intense shades of red, purple, gold, orange and yellow.

Wrightia antidysenterica: Snowflakes flower

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DGGreen, Singapore 20120415

Other common names are Milky Way, Arctic Snow, Winter Cherry Tree.
Wrightia antidysenterica, native to Sri Lanka, a small and compact semi-deciduous shrub, reaching 1-2 meters in height.

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DGGreen, Singapore 20110222

Flowers are pure white tubular 5-petaled with yellow centers appear in cone-like, cymes at the end of branches. These fragrant flowers attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Wrightia antidysenterica will be most ideal as a patio or houseplant.

Hibiscus around me

The afternoon weather today was perfect for a stroll. I found 5 diferent hibiscus plants flowering [20120319]. I am lucky to see these flowers spared by daily rain showers in the past few weeks.

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Hibiscus Dainty Pink. I pass by this hibiscus bush at least twice every day.

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Red double layered or double decker Hibiscus ;-)

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This double hibiscus plant has always made the most beautiful coral-orange-peach colored blooms.

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Here is another one, a vibrant orange single variety Hibiscus.

It is interesting to see these different varieties. Where I grew up, the red single variety is the only one around.

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Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus, sorrel, and flor de Jamaica, or less widely known as rosemallow. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, color from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow, and from 4–18 cm broad. [Wikipedia]

Peach – orange with white and red center double layered Hibiscus.

 

 

Euphorbia tithymaloides: Redbird flower

Red cuties with many names.

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Euphorbia tithymaloides, a perennial succulent spurge, has many names used by gardeners and the public.
Among them are buck-thorn, cimora misha, Christmas Candle, Devil’s Backbone, Fiddle Flower, Ipecacuahana, Jacob’s Ladder, Japanese Poinsettia, Jew’s Slipper, Jewbush, Milk-Hedge, Myrtle-Leaved Spurge, Padus-Leaved Clipper Plant, Red Slipper Spurge, Redbird Cactus, Redbird Flower, Slipper Flower, Slipper Plant, Slipper Spurge, Timora Misha, and Zig-Zag Plant.

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Named Devil’s Backbone or Jacob’s Ladder due to the zig-zag nature of the stem and called Redbird Cactus or Slipper plant due to the shape of the red flowers.

In other parts of the world, it is known as
gin-ryu [Japan]
pokok lipan, penawar lipan [Malaysia]
pohon zig zag [Indonesia]
airi, baire, and agia [India]
aperejo [Yoruba]
sapatinho do diablo [Brazil]
itamo real [Puerto Rico]
pantoufle [France]
zapatilla del diablo [Mexico]

Source: Wikipedia

Tacca chantrieri: Bat Head Lily, Bat Flower, Devil Flower, Black Tacca

One of the world’s most unusual flowering plants! Originated from tropical regions of Southeast Asia and West Africa

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SBG, 20120328

Curious, bat-like inflorescence both in shape and color, with wide spreading, wing-like bracts of rich maroon-black, accompanied by long trailing filaments or “whiskers”.

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SBG, 20120328

The small black flowers are succeeded by heavy berries.

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SBG, 20120328

Tacca integrifolia, more commonly known as the White Bat Plant. Its top bracts consist of two spectacular dorsals – usually white and purple stripes.

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Photo: Internet

These are interesting, evergreen, perennial and herbaceous plants that grow wild in many tropical climates.