Johannesteijsmannia magnifica with magnificent diamond shaped leaves

Johannesteijsmannia magnifica (Silver Joey, Umbrella Palm, Daun Payung in Malay)

Silver Joey or Umbrella Palm is an exotic and very rare palm.

JJohannesteijsmannia magnifica (Silver Joey, Umbrella Palm, Daun Payung) seen at Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, 1 Aug 2009It has magnificent foliage that will definitely be swooned over by palm lovers and gardeners.

Its silvery leaves are beautifully shaped like diamonds and have wonderful parallel venations.

It has become an endangered species due to destructive logging, as well as illegal and uncontrolled seed harvesting. It is currently listed as threatened and endangered in the IUCN Red List, 1997.
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Lagerstroemia with irresistible crepe-like flowers

Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle, Crepe Flower, Japanese/Indian Crape Myrtle)

Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle/Flower, Japanese/Indian Crape Myrtle) with lavender coloured blossoms and promising buds, 1 June 2017The Crape myrtle with frilly and crepe-like flowers of varying colours is simply spectacular and very irresistible.

Plant this free-flowering beauty to colour and brighten your garden all year long.

It will definitely be the envy of your neighbours!
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Beautiful Eudocima phalonia visited us recently

Eudocima phalonia (Common Fruit-piercing Moth)

This gorgeous Fruit Piercing Moth visited our home about two days ago in the afternoon.

Beautiful Eudocima phalonia (Common Fruit-piercing Moth) seen outside our home, 22 June 2017It laid silently outside our grilled gate as if waiting to be awakened from its slumber.

We took a couple of photos of this amazing beauty. Is it a butterfly or moth, we wondered?

I posted in the Facebook Group of Butterflies in Singapore and Malaysia and was delighted and thankful to get confirmation of its identity from one of the members, Gan Cheong Weei.
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Schlumbergera truncata in various spectacular colours

Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving/Holiday Cactus, Zygocactus, Crab Cactus)

Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving/Holiday Cactus, Zygocactus, Crab Cactus) flower and its marvellous stamens, 18 June 2017Christmas Cactus or Thanksgiving Cactus are so named as they usually blossoms in winter when most other plants aren’t flowering.

Wonderful to be added to one’s garden. It’ll surely  delight you with its prolific flowering of spectacular colours.

It is sold primarily around the holiday season as gifts or decorative items.
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Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, a yellow mushroom sprouting in flowerpots

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Flowerpot Parasol, Plantpot Dapperling, Yellow Pleated Parasol, Yellow Houseplant Mushroom, Lemon-yellow Lepiota)

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Flowerpot Parasol, Plantpot Dapperling, Yellow Pleated Parasol, Yellow Houseplant Mushroom, Lemon-yellow Lepiota) is a captivating saprotrophic fungi, 6 Aug 2013We were absolutely fascinated and delighted when we first saw the Flowerpot Parasol in August 2013.

This pale yellowish and fleshy mushroom was sharing space with Dracaena marginata in our flower pot

We assumed that the potted soil must have been overly wet and conducive for its emergence and healthy growth.
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