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Articles on tropical plants, arranged by posting dates. For plant search, it’s easier to refer to the A-Z categories located at the top left sidebar.

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. It 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 […]

Lagerstroemia with irresistible crepe-like flowers

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

Schlumbergera truncata in various spectacular colours

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

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, a yellow mushroom sprouting in flowerpots

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

Hibiscus sabdariffa produces fabulous jam and roselle tea

Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle, Rosella, Red/Indian/Jamaican Sorrel, Florida Cranberry) Roselle produces edible flowers and fruits that contains nutritional value, including Vitamin C and minerals. Hence, it is popularly grown worldwide to produce Roselle jam and hibiscus tea. The tea is made as an infusion from the crimson-coloured calyces of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. Superb when consumed as a refreshing […]