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) Tapioca 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.

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) The 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 […]

Salix babylonica is famous for its pendulous branches and long tresses of leaves

Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow, Peking Willow, Chinese Weeping Willow, Babylon Weeping Willow, Babylon Willow) Chinese Weeping Willow or Babylon Willow is an amazing tree with their unusual and pendulous branches and long tresses of leaves swaying gracefully in a breeze. Weeping refers to the way raindrops stream down the branches, dripping ‘tears’ from the tips. Hence, […]

Vatica yeechongii is a very rare tropical tree in Peninsular Malaysia

Vatica yeechongii (Resak Daun Panjang in Malay) Vatica yeechongii is a very rare, thin and crooked tree seen growing along fast-flowing streams. It was first discovered in 2002 This exotic tropical tree was sited in Sungai Lalang Forest Reserve, Selangor and Setul Forest Reserve, Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia. The species has a very restricted distribution […]

Bauhinia purpurea produces fragrant and beautiful orchid-like flowers

Bauhinia purpurea (Orchid Tree, Purple Bauhinia, Butterfly Tree, Hawaiian/Purple Orchid Tree, Camel’s Foot Tree) Orchid Tree or Butterfly Tree is admired for its large, showy, fragrant and beautiful orchid-like flowers. Besides, this unique, exotic and free-flowering tree is valuable for its numerous medicinal purposes traditionally.