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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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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The small black flowers are succeeded by heavy berries.

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

Asclepias curassavica: Blood Flower, Scarlet Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica is a tender perennial that grows upright and tall with spiraling lanceolate leaves. The flowers, in small scarlet red and orange umbels, are very bright and showy, and wonderful at attracting Monarch butterflies.

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Here in Singapore this plant is the nectar and host plant for Plain Tiger Butterflies.

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Blood Flower is a milkweed and thus contains a milky sap that exudes from the foliage when cut or damaged.

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You could get 25 seeds, Blood flower [Asclepias curassavica] online for less than US$2.

Hibiscus moscheutos: Hardy Hibiscus

This shrub is a vigorous grower with large leaves and 4-5″ wide flowers. Hibiscus combined its reproductive structures [pistil/anthers and stamens] into a single structure called a column. The column is clearly visible protruding from the center.

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This variant has round and flat, shiny, with prominent veins radiating out from the center and a sort of crepe paper look. Awesome Scarlet blooms with white center.

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Unlike most Hibiscus regular teardrop shaped leaves this plant has leaves that resembles a hand [Palmate].

Trimezia steyermarkii: Yellow Walking Iris

At first I thought this was an orchid, then I found out that Trimezia steyermarkii [walking Iris], belongs to family Iridaceae just like its cousin Gladiolus [sword Lily] or the commonly recognisable types, the bearded irises or flag irises.

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Trimezia steyermarkii is a species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to the warmer parts of Central America and the West Indies.

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Plants are up to 150 cm tall, with rhizomes up to 2-4 cm long and 2-3 cm wide; leaves are lanceolate, 60-150 cm long by 2 cm wide; flowers are yellow with brown spots.

Source: Wikipedia

Note:

Rhizomes is a stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes.

Lanceolate: Having the general shape of a lance; much longer than wide, with the widest part lower than the middle and a pointed apex.

Impatiens balsamina: Garden Balsam, Rose Balsam, Pacar Air

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Impatiens balsamina [Garden Balsam or Rose Balsam] is a species of Impatiens native to China, Malaysia, India, Southeast Asia. In many English speaking countries they are known as “Touch me Not”, possibly due to the ripe seed pods explosively bursting when touched.

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It is an annual plant growing to 20–75 cm tall, with a thick, but soft stem. The leaves are spirally-arranged, 2.5–9 cm long and 1–2.5 cm broad, with a deeply toothed margin.

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Its flowers are cup-shaped, semi-double or fully double, looking like camellia blossoms, produced in the leaf axils of plants. The flowers color can be red, pink, purple, cream or white and are pollinated by bees and other insects, and also by nectar-feeding birds. The flowers are followed by explosive seed capsules.

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Medicinal uses
The flowers are used to treat snake bites and lumbago
In Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, the leaves are being used to heal wounds
The Chinese use the seeds to treat difficult labor, to relieve pain after labor, to increase the menstrual flow, to expel phlegm from the respiratory passages and as an antidote to fish poisoning

Source:
Wikipedia
Medicinal Plants in Singapore

Calotropis gigantea: Crown flower

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Calotropis gigantea, Crown flower, is a species of Calotropis native to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and China. It is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall.

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Crown flower is one of host plants for Plain Tiger butterfly. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour.

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Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small, elegant “crown” rising from the centre, which holds the stamens. The plant has oval, light green leaves and milky stem.

All photos taken @ Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 20110222.
Source: Wikipedia

Hedychium coronarium: Butterfly ginger

Hedychium coronarium also known as White ginger lily, Butterfly ginger, is originally from the Himalayas region of Nepal and India. Butterfly ginger, also called garland flower, has been widely cultivated in tropical Asia for the flowers that give off a prominent sweet fragrance.

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Hedychium coronarium coronarium, the national flower of Cuba.
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As one of the names suggests, the shape of the flowers of this ginger resembles that of a butterfly with its wings spread open.

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Hedychium coronarium chrysoleucum
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For me, the aroma of white ginger lei is a powerful reminder of Hawaii and my Hawaiian friends.
Photo: Internet.

Murraya paniculata: Orange Jessamine, Kemuning

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Murraya paniculata, commonly called Orange Jessamine, is a tropical, evergreen plant bearing small, white, scented flowers, which is grown as an ornamental tree or hedge. Murraya is closely related to Citrus.

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Other names of Murraya paniculata are Chinese box, “mock orange”, Mock lime, Satinwood, Kemuning [Indonesian & Malay].

All photos taken @ Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital, Singapore 20120308.

Source: Wikipedia.

Orthosiphon stamineus: Cat’s Wiskers, Kumis Kucing [Indonesian]

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It produces long sprays of white or pale mauve flowers with extremely long stamens that are the reason for its English and Indonesian name. Flowers appear all year round. The branches of Cat’s Whiskers are quadrangular. Its leaves are smooth lanceolate shaped with toothed margins.The plants like full sunlight or a partly shaded place with well drained soil.

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In Indonesia ‘Kumis Kucing’ [Cat's Wiskers, Malay: Misai Kucing] is generally known as a medicinal plant used for treating diabetes, kidney and urinary disorders.

Duranta erecta: Golden Dewdrop

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Duranta erecta is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the world, and has become naturalized in many places. It is considered an invasive species in Australia, China, South Africa and on several Pacific Islands.

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Common names include Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, and Skyflower. This plant attracts butterflies and sunbirds.

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I like this cute simple little flowers :-)
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