Ipomoea batatas is an important food crop or staple food in many countries

Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Sweet 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 […]

Selaginella plana with gorgeous green, scaly and tripinnate fronds

Selaginella plana (Asian Spikemoss, Cyperus Clubmoss, Paka Merak in Malay) Asian Spikemoss or Cyperus Clubmoss is an exotic and ornamental shrubby fern. It is not a true fern although it produces spores but considered one of the fern allies in the genus Selaginella. A beautiful tropical plant that is listed as invasive by CABI.

Turnera ulmifolia with gorgeous bright yellow blossoms

Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder, Cuban Buttercup, Ramgoat Dashalong, Sage Rose, West Indian Holly) The Yellow Alder or Cuban Buttercup produces very attractive showy and vibrant yellow flowers. A free flowering shrub that blooms all year long in the tropic. Native to the Caribbean, the Cuban Buttercup is the official flower of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Gazania rigens in various shades of vibrant colours

Gazania rigens (Treasure Flower, Terracotta Gazania, Coastal Gazania, Butter Flower) Treasure Flower is an extremely beautiful plant. It produces showy and captivating blossoms. Definitely a sight to behold when in full bloom with their vibrant flower colours. These beauties not only are appealing to the human eye but attract butterflies and bees too.

Coreopsis with fabulous and sunny daisy-like flowers

Coreopsis (Calliopsis, Tickseed, Pot of Gold, Yellow Cosmos) The ever-blooming Coreopsis produces fabulous daisy-like flowers with bright and sunny faces. A prolific flowering plant that will be excellent in a sunny flower bed. Florida in the United States has designated all Coreopsis species as the state’s wildflower.