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

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Combretum indicum: Rangoon creeper

Combretum indicum, also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, is a vine with red flower clusters found in Asia and in many other parts of the world, either as a cultivated ornamental or run wild. Member of family Combretaceae in the order Myrtales.

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The Rangoon creeper is a ligneous vine that can reach from 2.5 meters to up to 8 meters. The leaves are elliptical with an acuminate tip and a rounded base. They grow from 7 to 15 centimeters and their arrangement is opposite. The flowers are fragrant and tubular and their color varies from white to pink to red.

Photo: Gardens by the BaySingapore 20130316

Source: Wikipedia

Clematis sp: the Aristocrat of climbers

Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek ‘Klema-tis’ [klema, meaning vine branch or vine-like] a climbing plant, most probably a periwinkle. The genus is composed of mostly vigorous, woody, climbing vines/lianas. The woody stems are quite fragile until several years old. Some species are shrubby, while others are herbaceous perennial plants.

The cool temperate species are deciduous, but many of the warmer climate species are evergreen. Clematis leaves are food for the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera species, including moth Willow Beauty [Peribatodes rhomboidaria].

Below are photos of 3 Clematises from Regal Evison & Poulsen.

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^ Clematis ‘Diamantina’.

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^ Clematis ‘Minister’.

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^ Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’.

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^ Clematis sp.

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^ Clematis sp.

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^ Clematis sp. Atlanta, 20120728

Photo: Flower Dome, GBTBSingapore 20120719

Source: Wikipedia

Tradescantia pallida: Purple Heart

Tradescantia pallida is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as Wandering Jew. Other common names include Purple Heart and Purple Queen. It is native to the GulfCoast region of eastern Mexico.

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Tradescantia pallida is an evergreen perennial plant of scrambling stature. It is distinguished by elongated, pointed leaves, bearing small, sterile three-petaled flowers of white, pink or purple.

Widely used as an ornamental plant in gardens and borders, as a ground cover and hanging plant.

Photos: Atlanta, 20120728

Source: Wikipedia

Podranea ricasoliana: Pink Trumpet Vine

Podranea ricasoliana [Pink Trumpet Vine, Port St. Johns Creeper, Zimbabwe creeper] with its glossy green foliage and abundance of attractive pink with red veins flowers is a very showy plant. It is a vigorous, woody, scrambling, evergreen climber without tendrils. The leaves are compound and a deep glossy green. Podranea ricasoliana is native to Southern Africa.

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Photo: HortPark, Singapore 20120609

Source: platzafrica.com

Clerodendrum x speciosum: Red Bleeding Heart

Clerodendrum is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. Its common names include glorybower, bagflower and bleeding-heart. It is currently classified in the subfamily Ajugoideae, being one of several genera transferred from Verbenaceae to Lamiaceae. The genus is native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the world, with most of the species occurring in tropical Africa and southern Asia, but with a few in the tropical Americas and northern Australasia, and a few extending north into the temperate zone in eastern Asia.

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Clerodendrum x speciosum [Red Bleeding Heart, Java Glory Bean] is an evergreen twining shrub, planted as climbers on walls and arbors, has dull red flowers, with a slender tube to 2cm long, about 2cm across the spreading rounded lobes; long stamens well exerted from the tube; calyx bell-shaped, pinkish white, remaining colorful long after the flowers fall.

Photo: SBG, Singapore 20120328