Tropaeolum majus produces flowers in kaleidoscopic colours

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress)

Captivating orange blossom of Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress) seen in Cameron Highlands, 1 March 2016Garden Nasturtium or Indian Cress produces long-lasting  and kaleidoscopic flowers as well as attractive foliage that are water lily-like.

However, the downside is it self-seeds readily and may pop up in places where they are not wanted. No wonder, this beautiful plant is considered invasive in several areas including Hawaii, coastal California, Lord Howe Island and New Zealand. Read More >>

Manihot esculenta is one of the most important tropical food crops in the world

Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay)

Tubers of Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay) with chalk-white or yellowish flesh, 20 Nov 2017Tapioca or Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize.

It is one of the most important staple food crops in the developing world and provides a basic diet for over half a billion people.
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Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is an exotic and charming orchid plant

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady’s Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum)

Captivating Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady's Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum) seen at Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden in Malaysia, 1 Aug 2009The Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum is an exotic and charming orchid that has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchid and hybridisers.

A perfect species collection for its small size and longevity of flowering.

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Pyrus pyrifolia produces edible fruits that are crisp, juicy, sweet and aromatic

Pyrus pyrifolia (Asian Pear, Chinese Pear, Korean Pear, Japanese Pear, Taiwanese/Sand Pear)

Yellowish-brown edible fruit of Pyrus pyrifolia (Asian Pear, Chinese Pear, Korean Pear, Japanese Pear, Taiwanese/Sand Pear), 24 Nov 2017The flowers of Asian Pear on the long-lived tree are a popular symbol of early spring with magnificent white blossoms almost completely covering the tree.

Korean Pear produces edible fruits that are firm, very crisp, hugely juicy and sweet as well as highly aromatic in some varieties.
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Fragaria x ananassa with sweet, aromatic and brilliant red fruits is simply irresistible

Fragaria x ananassa (Strawberry, Garden Strawberry, Cultivated Strawberry)

Vibrant red fruits of Fragaria x ananassa (Strawberry, Garden Strawberry, Cultivated Strawberry) sold in Cameron Highlands, 8 Aug 2011Garden Strawberry with its characteristic fragrant aroma, delightful sweet flavour, juicy texture and brilliant red colour make it simply irresistible to many people.

Strawberry is popularly cultivated worldwide for its delicious fruits that can be eaten fresh or used in pies, ice-creams, milkshakes and cakes, to name a few.
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