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Oncosperma tigillarium is a unique palm whose trunk is armed with long and black spines

Oncosperma tigillarium (Nibung Palm, Nibong Palm, Nibung, Nibong) Nibung Palm or Nibong is a gorgeous-looking, tall and densely clumping palm whose trunk is armed with long, slender and black spines that are 5-10 cm long. An extremely unique and very attractive palm that is grown in lowland swampy forest and among mangroves.

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus has exceptional nitrogen-fixing properties for soil improvement and restoration

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (Four-angled Bean, Winged Bean/Pea, Princess/Asparagus Pea, Manila/Goa Bean, Kacang Botol in Malay) Four-angled Bean or Winged Bean is a tropical legume plant. Popularly grown as it is nutrient-rich and almost all parts of the plant are edible. It has exceptional nitrogen-fixing properties that is used as a green manure for soil improvement and […]

Pandanus baptistii ‘Variegated’ is entirely different from the fragrant Pandanus amaryllifrolius

Pandanus baptistii ‘Variegated’ (Gold-striped Screw Pine, Variegated Screw Pine, Compact Golden Screw Pine) Isn’t this Gold-striped Screw Pine captivating? A very striking variegated beauty with long, golden and green strap-like leaves spiralling from a branching trunk. Best of all, its beautiful foliage is without spines along the margins! This plant is unlike the fragrant Pandanus […]

Solanum melongena has numerous culinary and medicinal uses

Solanum melongena (Brinjal, Eggplant, Aubergine, Terong in Malay) Grow Brinjal or Eggplant in your home garden to ensure pesticide-free edible fruits or veggie for your family all year long. Brinjal, often called the ‘King of Vegetables’ originated in India. It is given that name as it holds a permanent place in most of the foods […]

Dianella ensifolia produces attractive flowers and shiny deep blue fruits

Dianella ensifolia (Umbrella Dracaena, Flax Lily, Common Dianella, Sword-leaf Dracaena, Cerulean Flax-lily, Siak-Siak in Malay) Umbrella Dracaena or Flax Lily is a free-flowering perennial herb that blooms all year round. This beautiful plant that produces attractive flowers and shiny deep blue fruits is considered poisonous in China and cattle are said to die from eating […]