Paphiopedilum barbatum has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts

Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady’s Slipper)

Captivating flower of Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady's Slipper), 1 Aug 2009The amazing beauty and uniqueness of the Slipper Orchid or Bearded Paphiopedilum has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchids.

It was first discovered on Mount Ophir in Sumatra, growing in granite rock crevices containing moss and decaying leaves. It inhabits areas where plentiful rainfall and high humidity ensure that the roots are always moist.

Paphiopedilum barbatum or Slipper Orchid is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Ipomoea batatas is an important food crop or staple food in many countries

Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay) in brown skin and red flesh, 7 Nov 2017Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay)

Sweet Potato is widely cultivated for its storage roots as it is an important food crop in many regions around the world.

In Malaysia and Singapore, an assortment of colourful sweet potatoes are popularly cooked in coconut milk as ‘bubur cha cha’ with yams, pearled sago, bananas, black-eyed peas and flavoured with pandan leaves. It can be served hot or cold.
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Moringa oleifera is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie

Moringa oleifera (Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree)

Recently harvested young fruits of Moringa oleifera (Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree), 27 Oct 2017Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie.

Besides, these edible green, three-angled, long and slender fruits of Drumstick Tree are especially used in Indian cuisine.
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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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