Paphiopedilum barbatum has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts

Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady’s Slipper) The 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 […]

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 […]

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) Chinese 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 […]

Cucurbita moschata is grown for its edible young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds

Cucurbita moschata (Pumpkin, Butternut Pumpkin, Butternut/Winter Squash, Cheese Pumpkin) Butternut Pumpkin or Winter Squash is a herbaceous, creeping and vine-like annual that trails along the ground or climbs by tendrils. It isĀ popularly grown for its edible young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds.

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus has exceptional nitrogen-fixing properties for soil improvement and restoration

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (Four-angled Bean, Winged Bean/Pea, Princess/Asparagus Pea, Manila/Goa Bean, Kacang Botol in Malay) Four-angled Bean or Winged Bean is a tropical legume plant. Popularly grown as it is nutrient-rich and almost all parts of the plant are edible. It has exceptional nitrogen-fixing properties that is used as a green manure for soil improvement and […]