Nelsonia canescens: Blue Pussyleaf

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Nelsonia canescens belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants, is a species in the genus Nelsonia which contains approximately 4 to 6 species and belongs to the family of the Acanthaceae [Genus: Nelsonia; Family: Acanthaceae;  subfamily: Nelsonioideae]. Perennial herb with several trailing stems from a central taproot or rootstock, a ground cover.

Nelsonia canescens is a weedy species. The fresh leaves have a sour lemon-like taste and are often reported to be eaten.

Native: AFRICA.

Naturalized: naturalized elsewhere.

Photo: Gardens by the BaySingapore [20140122, 20140305]

Source: Hortipedia

Ceiba pentandra: Kapok, Silk Cotton

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Ceiba pentandra is a tropical tree of the order Malvales and the family Malvaceae, native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and [as the variety Ceiba pentandra var. guineensis] to tropical west Africa. Kapok is the most used common name for the tree and may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The tree is also known as the Java cotton, Java kapok, Silk cotton or ceiba.

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The tree grows to 60–70 m [200–230 ft] tall and has a very substantial trunk up to 3 m [10 ft] in diameter with buttresses. The trunk and many of the larger branches are often [but not always] crowded with very large, robust simple thorns. The leaves are compound of 5 to 9 leaflets, each up to 20 cm [8 in] and palm like. Adult trees produce several hundred 15 cm [6 in] seed pods.

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The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose.

Photos: Gardens by the BaySingapore [20140122, 20140305]

Source: Wikipedia

Peltophorum pterocarpum: Yellow Flame Tree, Copperpod

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Peltophorum pterocarpum [Copperpod, Golden Flamboyant, Yellow Flamboyant, Yellow Flame Tree, Yellow Poinciana] is a species of Peltophorum, native to tropical southeastern Asia and popular ornamental tree.

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It is a deciduous tree, belong to Family Leguminosae and sub-family Caesalpiniaceae. The flowers are yellow, 2.5-4 cm diameter, produced in large compound racemes up to 20 cm long.

The fruit is a pod 5-10 cm long and 2.5 cm broad, red at first, ripening black, and containing one to four seeds.

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The tree is widely grown in tropical regions as an ornamental tree.

Photos: Woodlands Venue 3Singapore [20140306]

Source: Wikipedia

Cassia fistula: Golden Shower Tree

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Cassia fistula, known as the golden shower tree and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. The species is native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from southern Pakistan eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka. It is the national tree of Thailand, and its flower is Thailand’s national flower.

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It is a popular ornamental plant and is an herbal medicine.

Photos: Woodlands Venue 3Singapore [20140306]

Source: Wikipedia

Hippeastrum sp.: Amaryllis

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and over 600 hybrids and cultivars of perennial herbaceous bulbous plants. They generally have large fleshy bulbs and tall broad leaves, generally evergreen, and large red or purple flowers.

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Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae [subfamily Amaryllidoideae, tribe Hippeastreae, and subtribe Hippeastrineae].

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140306]

Source: Wikipedia

Juniperus taxifolia var. lutchuensis: Ryukyu shore Juniper, Creeping Juniper

Juniperus taxifolia [Bonin Islands Juniper] is a species of juniper, endemic to the Bonin Islands southeast of Japan.

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It is an evergreen coniferous shrub growing to a height of 1-3 m [rarely a small tree to 13 m tall]. The leaves are needle-like, in whorls of three, light green, 7-14 mm long and 1-1.5 mm broad, with a double white stomatal band [split by a green midrib] on the inner surface. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The seed cones are berry-like, green ripening in 18 months to reddish-brown with a variable light waxy coating; they are spherical, 8-10 mm diameter, and have six or nine fused scales in two or three whorls of three; the three larger scales each with a single seed. The seeds are dispersed when birds eat the cones, digesting the fleshy scales and passing the hard seeds in their droppings.

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Some authors include Juniperus lutchuensis from the Ryukyu Islands in Juniperus taxifolia as a synonym, or variety.

Photos: Gardens by the BaySingapore [20140305]

Source: Wikipedia