Cymbidium sp.: Green Boat Orchid

Cymbidium or boat orchid, is a genus of 52 evergreen species in the orchid family Orchidaceae. The new Latin genus name is derived from the Latin cymba meaning boat. Its first known use was in 1815.

This genus is distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia [such as northern India, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Borneo] and northern Australia. The larger flowered species from which the large flowered hybrids are derived grow at high altitudes.

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Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20160717]

Source: Wikipedia

Ahaetulla prasina: Oriental Whip Snake

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Ahaetulla prasina is a species of snake in the family Colubridae native to southern Asia. Its common names include Asian vine snake, Boie’s whip snake, Gunther’s whip snake, and Oriental whip snake.

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The body form is extremely slender with a long, pointed, projecting snout which is rather more than twice as long as the eye. Adult coloration varies from light brown to dull yellow-green and often a startling fluorescent green.

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Adults may attain 1.8 m [6 feet] in total length, with a tail 0.6 m [2 feet] long. Its appearance is very much like those of South American vine snakes. It is a rear-fanged species and is mildly venomous but is not considered a threat to humans.

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The Asian vine snake feeds on small reptiles and amphibians, particularly lizards and tree frogs. In recent years, it has entered the pet trade and has become quite popular among hobbyists.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160228]

Source: Wikipedia

Physalis philadelphica: Tomatillo

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^ Pollinator: Pyrota insulata: Yellow-crescent Blister Beetle

The tomatillo [Physalis philadelphica] , also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name.

Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era. A staple of Mexican cuisine, they are eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes, particularly salsa verde.

Photos: Brevard, NC, USA [20150828]

Source: Wikipedia

Lyssomanes viridis: Magnolia Green Jumping Spider

Lyssomanes viridis is a translucent green spider… This species commonly lives on the tree Magnolia grandiflora. – Richman & Whitcomb

These spiders mostly eat flies, such as syrphid flies and dolichopodid flies. Their legs and body are a pale translucent green, and they have red and white scales on top of their head around the eyes. Males have noticeably long jaws.

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^ Lyssomanes viridis on Yarrow [Achiella ‘Moonshine’]

Lyssomanes is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). Approximately 80 species have been described, ranging from South and Central America, up to the southern United States.

They are long-legged, with translucent bodies frequently green or yellow. They resemble lynx spiders, except that they have large anterior median eyes.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150725]

Source: Wikipedia

Dendrobium ‘Begum Khaleda Zia’ orchid

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This orchid was named after Her Excellency Begum Khaleda Zia, Then Prime Minister of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh on the occasion of her visit to the National Orchid Garden on 21 March 2005.

Dendrobium ‘Begum Khaleda Zia’ = Dendrobium ‘White Fairy’ x Dendrobium ‘Millennium Jade’

Photos: National Orchid Garden, Singapore [20120519]

Source: Wikipedia

Dendrobium ‘Tien Soeharto’ orchid

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This orchid was named after Mdm. Siti Hartinah [In Indonesia, she was commonly known as Ibu Tien], the wife of the former President of the Republic of Indonesia, General Soeharto on her visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1974.

Dendrobium ‘Tien Soeharto’ = Dendrobium ‘Noor Aishah’ x Dendrobium schulleri

Photos: National Orchid Garden, Singapore [20120519]

Source: Wikipedia

Aglaonema Variegated ‘Montien Thong’

Aglaonema  [Chinese evergreen] is a genus of about 40 species of rhizomatous evergreen plants in the family Araceae, native to the tropical swamps and rainforests of southeastern Asia.

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They are herbaceous perennial plants growing to 20-150 cm in height. The leaves are alternate on the stems, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, dark to medium green, 10-45 cm long and 4-16 cm broad, depending on the species.

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The sap is poisonous to humans. It causes skin irritation. If ingested, the sap causes irritation of the mouth, lips, throat and tongue.

They are popular houseplants and ornamental plants for offices and shopping malls because they are among the easiest houseplants to grow. Numerous cultivars have been selected, including plants with variegated leaves. They tolerate a wide range of light, as well as neglect, and are relatively resistant to pests.

Photos: Mom’s garden, JakartaIndonesia [20150430]

Source: Wikipedia

Caladium sp.: Angel Wings

Caladiums are native to tropical rain forests and the equatorial regions of South America and Latin America from southern Mexico to Peru. Some species are reported from the Caribbean island regions of Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles. Most species come from the Amazon basin in Brazil.


Caladiums are tuber-rooted tropical perennials grown for their large and showy leaves. Caladiums have no stems; the leaves are borne on long, 6-12 in [15-30.5 cm], petioles [leaf stems] that arise directly from the underground tuber. The petioles are attached to the leaves near the center, rather than at one end, a condition called peltate. Leaf shape, size and color vary among the hundreds of selections, but most are heart, lance or arrowhead shaped, 6-14 in [15-35.6 cm] long, and variously spotted or streaked with pink, red, gray, or white.

Photo: my back yard, Atlanta, GA. [20130723]

Source: Wikipedia