Lilium ‘Stargazer’: Stargazer Lily

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Lilium ‘Stargazer’ [the Stargazer lily] is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group,upright and very fragrant, very popular in the floral industry.

Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume. When mature, Stargazers can grow to a height of 36 inches with a spread of 12 to 16 inches with 4 to 5 flowers per stem.

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The Stargazer lily was created in 1974 by Leslie Woodriff, a lily breeder in California. Woodriff called the new cross ‘Stargazer’, because the blooms faced towards the sky.

Photos: Gardens by the BayFlower DomeSingapore [20140630]

Source: Wikipedia

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Exacum affine: Bittersweet, Persian violet

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Exacum affine, is a nice spherical plant comes from a rough area. It originally grows on the Socotra Island nearby the Horn of Africa. This group of islands belongs to Jemen.

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These islands are famous for their fragile balance between plants, animals and humans. Some call them the Indian Ocean’s Galapagós. The Exacum was discovered there and then brought to Europe. Danish growers have refined the small plant until it reached the size it has today.

Photos: Gardens by the BayFlower DomeSingapore [20140630]

Source: www.takeawaytrends.com

Pennisetum cv.: Fountain Grass

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Pennisetum is a genus of grasses in the family Poaceae, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. They are known commonly as fountain grasses.

They are annual or perennial grasses. Some are petite while others can produce stems up to 8 meters tall. The inflorescence is a very dense, narrow panicle containing fascicles of spikelets interspersed with bristles. There are three kinds of bristle, and some species have all three, while others do not. Some bristles are coated in hairs, sometimes long, showy, plumelike hairs that inspired the genus name, the Latin penna [feather] and seta [bristle].

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The genus includes pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum], an important food crop. Napier grass [Pennisetum purpureum] is used for grazing livestock in Africa. African fountain grass [Pennisetum setaceum] is used as an ornamental plant.

Photos: Gardens by the BayFlower DomeSingapore [20140630]

Source: Wikipedia 

Crocosmia cv.: Coppertips

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Crocosmia is a small genus of flowering plants in the iris family, Iridaceae. It is native to the grasslands of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa.

They have colourful inflorescences of 4 to 20 vivid red and orange subopposite flowers. The terminal inflorescence can have the form of a cyme or a raceme.

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They are commonly known in the United States as coppertips or falling stars, and in the United Kingdom as montbretia. Other names, for hybrids and cultivars, include antholyza, and curtonus. The genus name is derived from the Greek words krokos, meaning “saffron”, and osme, meaning “odor” – from the fact that dried leaves of these plants emit a strong smell like that of saffron [a spice derived from Crocus – another genus belonging to the Iridaceae] – when immersed in hot water

Photos: Gardens by the BayFlower DomeSingapore [20140630]

Source: Wikipedia 

Astilbe cv.: Meadowsweet

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Astilbe is a genus of 18 species of rhizomatous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae, native to mountain ravines and woodland in Asia and North America. Some species are commonly known as false goat’s beard and false spirea.

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These hardy herbaceous perennials are cultivated by gardeners for their large, handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They are widely adapted to shade and water-logged conditions, hence they are particularly associated with pond-side planting. They also tolerate clay soils well. Numerous hybrid cultivars have been raised. Flowers of at least some astilbe species have a strong and pleasant aroma.

Photos: Gardens by the BayFlower DomeSingapore [20140630]

Source: Wikipedia 

Limonium cv.: Sea Lavender

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Limonium is a genus of 120 flower species. Members are also known as Sea Lavender, Statice, or Marsh-rosemary. Limonium is in Plumbaginaceae, the plumbago or leadwort family. Despite their common names, species are not related to the lavenders or to rosemary.

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The genus has a subcosmopolitan distribution in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. By far the greatest diversity [over 100 species] is in the area stretching from Canary Islands east through the Mediterranean region to central Asia; for comparison, North America only has 3 native species.

Photos: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome, Singapore [20140630]

Source: Wikipedia 

Notocrypta paralysos varians: Banded Demon Butterfly

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Notocrypta paralysos, commonly known as the Common Banded Demon, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae.

Family: Hesperiidae

Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Genus: Notocrypta

Species: paralysos

Subspecies: varians

Common Name: Banded Demon

Extant in countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand

Hostplants: Costus lucanusianus [African Spiral Flag]

The Banded Demon is a small swift-flying skipper and is relatively rare in Singapore. The wings are dark brown/black with a white discal band on the forewings.

Photo: Singapore Zoo, 20140630

Source: Wikipedia, www.butterflycircle.com