Tagetes sp.: Marigold

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Tagetes is a genus of annual and perennial, mostly herbaceous plants in the sunflower family [Asteraceae or Compositae]. The genus is native to North and South America, but some species have become naturalized around the world.

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Tagetes species vary in size from 0.1 to 2.2 m tall. Most species have pinnate green leaves. Blooms naturally occur in golden, orange, yellow, and white colors, often with maroon highlights. Floral heads are typically 1 to 4–6 cm diameter, generally with both ray florets and disc florets. In horticulture, they tend to be planted as annuals, although the perennial species are gaining popularity.

The common name in English, marigold, is derived from Mary’s gold, a name first applied to a similar plant native to Europe, Calendula officinalis.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20150125, 20150131]

Source: Wikipedia

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Cleistocactus winteri : Golden Rat Tail Cactus

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Cleistocactus winteri is a succulent of the Cactaceae family. Its common name is the golden rat tail. It is one of three species named rat tail cactus. This plant forms huge tangled mounds of fairly rapid growth. It has many short bristly golden spines that literally cover the surface of the stems. A very popular variety that is often grafted commercially is Cleistocactus Winteri var. Cristata, the crested variety. This produces uneven, chaotic, but visually fascinating growth.

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Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the BaySingapore, 20130316

Source: Wikipedia

Xanthostemon chrysanthus: Golden Penda tree

Xanthostemon chrysanthus, commonly known as the Golden Penda, is endemic to North Queensland. It is a popular garden plant with showy yellow blooms. The species name is derived from the Ancient Greek words chrysos = golden, and anthos = flower.

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Growing as a tree to 10 or 15 m [35–50 ft] high and 5–8 m [15–25 ft] in the wild but generally much more compact in home gardens. The bark is rough and the habit bushy, the shiny green elliptic leaves measuring 7–22 cm long by 2–9.5 cm wide. They are arranged in whorls along the stems.

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The flowerheads, or racemes, are terminal or axillary and measure up to 15 cm [6 in] in diameter. They are made up of numerous small [1–2 cm diameter] individual golden flowers. Flowering is followed by small [1-1,5 cm] green or brown woody capsules. Flowers can appear at any time of year.

Here is the Pink Penda tree, taken at Flona 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Photos: SFGreen, Singapore 20120513; Flona 2014, JakartaIndonesia[20140612]

Source: Wikipedia

Musella lasiocarpa: Golden Lotus

Golden Lotus flower is not related to Lotus genus. The name came from its shape and color.

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It is an ornamental subtropical dwarf banana plant native to Yunnan province in China. It is a close relative of the edible banana.

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The flower before opening is about 8-10 inches long and looks like a golden lotus, and since it flowers on a stalk without green leaves, one of its Chinese names translates as “golden lotus emerging from the earth.” Another name is “a thousand petal lotus,” and what appears as the yellow “petals” are actually not true petals but bracts.

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The showy bracts gradually open up to reveal the tiny, fragrant, greenish-yellow true flowers. The opening process could last up to as long as 250 days, and the bracts do not wilt easily.

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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

Duranta erecta: Golden Dewdrop

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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore 20120309

Duranta erecta is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the world, and has become naturalized in many places. It is considered an invasive species in Australia, China, South Africa and on several Pacific Islands.

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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore 20120309

Common names include Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, and Skyflower. This plant attracts butterflies and sunbirds.

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I like this cute simple little flowers 🙂
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore 20120309