Passiflora suberosa: Corky-stemmed Passion Flower

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Passiflora suberosa is a species of passion flower that is native to the Americas. Its range stretches from Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States south through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to South America. It is commonly known as Corky-stemmed Passion Flower due to the corkiness of older stems. The fruit is not hardy and transitions from green to indigo, purple and, lastly, black as it ripens. This species is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Gulf Fritillary [Agraulis vanillae], Julia Heliconian [Dryas iulia], Mexican Silverspot [Dione moneta] and Zebra Heliconian [Heliconius charithonia].

Photo: my back yard, AtlantaGA. [20130723]

Source: Wikipedia

Caladium sp.: Angel Wings

Caladiums are native to tropical rain forests and the equatorial regions of South America and Latin America from southern Mexico to Peru. Some species are reported from the Caribbean island regions of Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles. Most species come from the Amazon basin in Brazil.

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Caladiums are tuber-rooted tropical perennials grown for their large and showy leaves. Caladiums have no stems; the leaves are borne on long, 6-12 in [15-30.5 cm], petioles [leaf stems] that arise directly from the underground tuber. The petioles are attached to the leaves near the center, rather than at one end, a condition called peltate. Leaf shape, size and color vary among the hundreds of selections, but most are heart, lance or arrowhead shaped, 6-14 in [15-35.6 cm] long, and variously spotted or streaked with pink, red, gray, or white.

Photo: my back yard, Atlanta, GA. [20130723]

Source: Wikipedia

 

Hosta ‘Dream Queen’

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^ Hosta ‘Dream Queen’ is a medium-sized hosta that forms neat spreading clumps. Its large, round to heart-shaped ribbed leaves are blue-green accented with a streaky, narrow center of creamy white.

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Hosta  is a genus of about 23–45 species of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants, native to northeast Asia. The name Hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host.

Hostas are herbaceous perennial plants, growing from rhizomes or stolons, with broad lanceolate or ovate leaves varying widely in size by species from 1–18 in [3–45 cm] long and 0.75–12 in [2–30 cm] broad. The smallest varieties are called miniatures.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130627

Source: Wikipedia

Cosmos sp.: Garden Cosmos

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’

Cosmos is a genus, with the same common name of Cosmos, of about 20–26 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae.

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus

Cosmos is native to scrub and meadowland in Mexico where most of the species occur, Florida and the southern United States, Arizona, Central America, and to South America in the north to Paraguay in the south.

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^ Cosmos sulphureus

Cosmos are herbaceous perennial plants growing 0.3–2 m [10 in–6 ft 7 in] tall. The leaves are simple, pinnate, or bipinnate, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are produced in a capitulum with a ring of broad ray florets and a center of disc florets; flower color is very variable between the different species.

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^ Cosmos bipinnatus

The genus includes several ornamental plants popular in gardens.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130602

Source: Wikipedia

Pansy [Viola x Wittrockiana] Delta ‘Beaconsfield’

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Delta Beaconsfield pansies are large, rich, blue and white petals.  They grow 6-8 inches tall.

Pansies and their viola cousins have become the most popular cool weather annuals over the years as commercial property managers began planting them more than a decade ago to add color and landscaping life to their properties during the fall, winter, and spring months.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Plants That Blooms

Leucanthemum x superbum: Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum × superbum [or Shasta daisy] is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals [ray florets] around a yellow disc, similar to the oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Lam but larger. These daisies were transferred to their own genus of Leucanthemum because they lack some traits of true Chrysanthemums. Shasta daisies are characterized by a distinct odor which some find unpleasant, which makes them unusual amongst flowers.

It originated as a hybrid produced in 1890 by the American horticulturist Luther Burbank, Leucanthemum lacustre [Brot.] Samp. × Leucanthemum maximum [Ramond] DC. It was named after Mount Shasta, because its petals were the color of the snow. Some members of the genus are considered noxious weeds, but the Shasta daisy remains a favorite garden plant and groundcover.

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^ Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snow Lady’

Many cultivars are suitable for cut flowers, such as ‘Becky’, ‘Esther Read’, ‘Silver Princess’, ‘Snow Lady’, ‘Tinkerbell’, ‘Wirral Pride’, ‘Wirral Supreme’.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Wikipedia

Gladiolus hybrid: Sword Lily

Gladiolus [from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword] is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family [Iridaceae]. It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name [plural gladioli, gladioluses, glads].  The genus is distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. The center of diversity of the genus is located in the Cape Floristic Region, where most species were discovered.

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^ Gladiolus hybrid, Grandiflorus group

The genus Gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, mostly South Africa. The flowers of unmodified wild species vary from very small to perhaps 40 mm across, and inflorescences bearing anything from one to several flowers.

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^ Gladiolus hybrid, Grandiflorus group

The spectacular giant flower spikes in commerce are the products of centuries of hybridisation, selection, and perhaps more drastic manipulation.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130713

Source: Wikipedia

Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’: Spur Flowers

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Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is a hybrid developed here at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that is becoming a hit around the world!

Plectranthus, with some 350 species, is a genus of warm-climate plants occurring largely in the southern hemisphere, in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, India and the Indonesian archipelago down to Australia and some Pacific Islands. They are closely related to Solenostemon and are known as the spur flowers. Several species are grown as ornamental plants, as leaf vegetables, as root vegetables for their edible tubers, or as medicine.

Photo: Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 20130518

Source: Wikipedia

Artocarpus altilis : Breadfruit

Breadfruit [Artocarpus altilis] is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae, growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to freshly baked bread.

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Breadfruit trees grow to a height of 85 feet [26 m]. The large and thick leaves are deeply cut into pinnate lobes. All parts of the tree yield latex, a milky juice, which is useful for boat caulking.

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The trees are monoecious, with male and female flowers growing on the same tree. The male flowers emerge first, followed shortly afterward by the female flowers, which grow into capitula, which are capable of pollination just three days later. The compound, false fruit develops from the swollen perianth, and originates from 1,500-2,000 flowers. These are visible on the skin of the fruit as hexagon-like disks.

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^ I used to buy fried breadfruit from street side stall in Jakarta. Now, its getting scarce.[Jakarta 2008]

Breadfruit is a staple food in many tropical regions. Breadfruits are very rich in starch, and before being eaten, they are roasted, baked, fried or boiled. When cooked, the taste of moderately ripe breadfruit is described as potato-like, or similar to freshly baked bread. Very ripe breadfruit becomes sweet, as the starch converts to sugar.

Photo: Pulau Ubin, 20130706; Singapore,

Source: Wikipedia

Sus scrofa : Wild boar

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^ Cute piglets.

Wild boar [Sus scrofa], also known as wild pig, is a species of the pig genus Sus, part of the biological family Suidae. The species includes many subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises. Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region [including North Africa’s Atlas Mountains] and much of Asia, including Japan and as far south as Indonesia. Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia.Image

Wild boars are situationally crepuscular or nocturnal, foraging in early morning and late afternoon or at night, but resting for periods during both night and day. They are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything they come across, including grass, nuts, berries, carrion, nests of ground nesting birds, roots, tubers.

Photos: Pulau Ubin, 20130706; Singapore,

Source: Wikipedia