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

Tabebuia bahamensis: Five Finger

Tabebuia bahamensis is a shrub to medium size tree u to 10 meters. Large trees develop furrowing in the bark.   Leaves arranged oppositely and are palmately compound with 3 or 5 leaflets.  Leaflet margin is entire.

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Flowers zygomorphic with 2 lips, calyx campanulate covered with brown hairs.  Corolla white to pink to dark pink, large to 6 centimeters.  There are 4 stamens and the fruit is a capsule to 12 cm long and the seeds are winged.  The flowers are arranged in panicles

Tabebuia bahamensis occurs in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations [Coppice] on both a limestone or sand substrate with good drainage. It is a common species throughout the islands.  It also occurs in the pine woodlands as an understory shrub.        

Tabebuia bahamensis occurs throughout the Bahamas as well as in Cuba and south Florida. Tabebuia bahamensis has been used on all islands for a number of bush medicine remedies including strengthening [aches and pains] and aphrodisiac teas, gastrointestinal issues, circulatory problems and respiratory troubles.  It is also used in the horticultural trade.

Photo: Gardens by the BaySingapore [20140305]

Source: www.levypreserve.org

Agave parryi: Parry’s Agave

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Agave parryi, known as Parry’s agave or mescal agave, is a slow-growing agave native to Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico.

The leaves are grey green and have a spine at the tip. One of the distinguishing features is that the point on the tip, which is typically dark tan, brown, or black, is darker than the leaf.

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Parry’s Agave is evergreen. Aged agave produce a twelve-foot stalk with bright yellow blooms. They then die after blooming, as all leaf and root resources are put into the stalk, flowers, and seeds. It can be propagated by either offset or seed.

Photos: Gardens by the BaySingapore [20140305]

Source: Wikipedia

Aechmea Blanchettiana: Bromeliad

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Aechmea Blanchettiana  is a popular landscape bromeliad reaching a mature height of 48 inches. Orange/gold/rasberry foliage that changes colors depending on the amount of sunlight it receives. With a very large branch like long lasting bright orange and yellow bloom. It is a great plant for a tough area withstanding both sun and salt.

Photo: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20140305]

Source: www.bullisbrom.com