Durio zibethinus is named the ‘King of Fruits’ in Southeast Asia for its exotic taste

Durio zibethinus (Durian, Common Durian, Civet Fruit, Durian Kampong in Malay)

Waiting for the fruits of Durio zibethinus (Durian, Common Durian, Civet Fruit, Durian Kampong in Malay) to be opened and consumed by us at Balik Pulau, Penang, 26 July 2010Durian is named the ‘King of Fruits’ in Southeast Asia where it is commonly found and highly regarded by the population with hundreds of cultivars available.

An intriguing and complex tree that produces edible fruits with creamy flesh texture and strong odour that is unique and apparent even when the husk is not broken.

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Cibotium barometz is a fern with rhizomes densely covered by golden-brown hairs

Cibotium barometz (Golden Chicken Fern, Scythian Lamb, Woolly Fern, Golden Moss, Bulu Pusi in Malay)

Beautiful green foliage of Cibotium barometz (Golden Chicken Fern, Scythian Lamb, Woolly Fern, Golden Moss, Bulu Pusi in Malay), 1 Aug 2009Golden Chicken Fern or Woolly Fern is unique and exotic as its rhizomes are thick, fleshy and densely covered by golden-brown hairs.

These ferns are found growing wild in wet and shady ravines, on hillsides and in mountainous regions.
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Parkia speciosa is grown as a food crop and for its medicinal properties

Parkia speciosa (Bitter Bean, Twisted Cluster Bean, Stink Bean, Petai in Malay)

Cluster of young pods of Parkia speciosa (Bitter Bean, Twisted Cluster Bean, Stink Bean, Petai in Malay), 2 Nov 2017Bitter Bean or Stink Bean is found naturally growing wild in undisturbed lowland rainforest and often cultivated in Malay kampongs.

In Malaysia, the Orang Asli will harvest the Stink Beans and sell them for a handsome profit.

Prices for the Stink Bean fluctuates depending on demand and supply, increasing sharply in times of scarcity.
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Aloe vera is grown for its gel that heals burns, sunburn and cuts to promote healing

Aloe vera (Chinese/Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn/Medicinal Aloe, First Aid Plant)

Numerous Aloe vera (Chinese/Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn/Medicinal Aloe, First Aid Plant) plants growing wild on the ground, 3 Nov 2017Chinese Aloe or Barbados Aloe grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.

Because of its common use in treating burns and wounds, it is also called Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant and Medicinal Aloe.

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Begonia rajah with foliage in dark green and deep mahogany that’s raised between the veins

Begonia rajah (Resam Batu in Malay)

Flowering Begonia rajah (Resam Batu in Malay) with captivating leaves, 27 Oct 2017Begonia rajah is an Asian and rhizomatous species with distinctive foliage in dark green and deep mahogany.

The leaf area between the veins is raised, giving a large bubbly effect.

A free-flowering plant with captivating flowers in white and tinged with pale pink, or coloured pink.
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