Buddleja davidii: Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja davidii, also called summer lilac, butterfly bush, or orange eye, is a species of flowering plant in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to Sichuan and Hubei provinces in central China, and also Japan. It is widely used as an ornamental plant, and many named varieties are in cultivation. B. davidii, named for the Basque missionary and explorer in China, Father Armand David, who first noticed the shrub.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia

Verbena officinalis: Common Vervain

Verbena officinalis, the Common Vervain or Common Verbena, is a perennial herb native to Europe. It grows up to a meter/yard high, with an upright habitus. The lobed leaves are toothed, the delicate spikes hold mauve flowers.

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Some species of Verbena are valued in butterfly gardening in suitable climates, attracting Lepidoptera such as the Hummingbird hawk-moth, Chocolate albatross, or the Pipevine swallowtail, and also hummingbirds, especially Verbena officinalis, which is also grown as a honey plant.

Photo: HortPark,  Singapore, 20120323

Source: Wikipedia

Ochna serrulata: Mickey Mouse Bush

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Ochna serrulata [commonly known as the mall-leaved plane, carnival ochna, Bird’s Eye Bush or Mickey Mouse bush due to the plant’s bright-red sepals, which resemble the face of Mickey Mouse] is an ornamental garden plant of the Ochnaceae family which is indigenous to South Africa.

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Photo: Gardens by the Bay,  Singapore, 20130124

Source: Wikipedia

Serruria floribunda: Blushing Bride

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Serruria floribunda is a species of flowering plant in the family Proteaceae, endemic to South Africa. It is known by the common names of blushing bride or pride of Franschhoek.

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This species grows to a bush between 0.8 and 1.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in width. The leaves are fine and dissected and the flowers are white to pink.

Photos: Flower Dome, GBTH, Singapore 20120629

Source: Wikipedia

Scaevola sericea: Sea Lettuce

Scaevola sericea also known as Sea Lettuce, Sea Cabbage, Beach Naupaka, Half-flower, Hawaiian Half-flower, Merambong [Malay] is a flowering plant found in open coastal locations of the tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific.

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It is a large bush reaching up to about 4 m in height, it grows very close to the sea exposed to the salt spray, usually on sandy or pebbly soils.

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Photos: DFNP, Singapore 20120514

Melastoma malabathricum var. alba: White Straits Rhododendron

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The fruits of M. malabathricum ‘Alba’ have a green coloured rind while those found on plants that produce pink/mauve colored flowers are reddish brown. https://photoplusbyritasim.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/melastoma-malabathricum-straits-rhododendron-4/

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A ripe fruit revealing the soft sweet pulp and numerous orange seeds.

Note: Variety vs, Cultivar.

Varieties often occur in nature and most varieties are true to type. That means the seedlings grown from a variety will also have the same unique characteristic of the parent plant.

For example, there is a white flowering Straits Rhododendron that was found in nature. Its scientific name is Melastoma malabathricum var. alba. The varietal term “alba” means white. If you were to germinate seed from this variety, most if not all would also be white flowering.

Cultivars are not necessarily true to type. In fact cultivar means “cultivated variety” therefore, a cultivar was selected and cultivated by humans.

Photos: Singapore 20120514

Melastoma malabathricum: Straits Rhododendron

Melastoma melabathricum is originated from Tropical Asia, also known as Sendudok [Malay], Pink Tibouchina, Straits Rhododendron, Chinese Wild Peony, Indian rhododendron, Lasiandra, Pink Glory Bush. A beautiful bush makes beautiful garden decoration.

Melastoma melabathricum is a well-known herb in Malaysia,  where its leaves, shoots and roots are prepared in various ways for treatment of different diseases and ailments.

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Photo: Singapore 20120323

Schaueria flavicoma: Golden Plume

This showy plant grows as a 3-4 ft shade to partial shade shrub. Produces 4 inch yellow brush-like bracts with pale yellow-white flowers.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens 20120313

This is a fairly new introduction to Singapore. I found this plants in Singapore Botanic Gardens and HortPark. Originating from Brazil, the Schaueria flavicoma or Golden Plume belongs to the Acanthaceae family of plants.

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HortPark Singapore 20120323

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

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Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital, Singapore 20120412

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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Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital, Singapore 20120308

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.