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 BeanĀ 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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Pandanus tectorius is salt-tolerant and able to stabilize sandy soil along beach front properties

Pandanus tectorius (Tahitian Screwpine, Thatch/Textile Screwpine, Tourist Pineapple, Hala, Screw Pine, Mengkuang Laut/Duri in Malay)

Gorgeous dark green and linear leaves of Pandanus tectorius (Tahitian Screwpine, Thatch/Textile Screwpine, Tourist Pineapple, Hala, Screw Pine, Mengkuang Laut/Duri in Malay), 1 Aug 2009Tahitian Screwpine or Tourist Pineapple is a captivating and excellent plant for poor, salty or sandy soils in hot and windy areas.

Being salt-tolerant, this versatile beauty helps to stabilize sandy soil along coastal and beach front properties where salt spray may kill most other plants.

This plant is unlike the fragrant Pandanus amaryllifolius (Pandan Leaf) that is popularly used for culinary purposes.
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Caryota mitis with leaves that are shaped like the fish’s tail

Caryota mitis (Clustered Fishtail Palm, Tufted Fishtail Palm, Burmese Fishtail Palm)

Leaflets of Caryota mitis (Clustered Fishtail Palm, Tufted Fishtail Palm, Burmese Fishtail Palm) are triangular with a jagged leaf tip, 20 Oct 2017The Clustered Fishtail Palm is a very unique-looking palm with bipinnate leaves that are shaped like the fish’s tail.

A charming Burmese Fishtail Palm that will be excellent as a specimen tree to landscape one’s garden, patio, deck and even as a potted houseplant indoors.
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