Vitis vinifera with grapes eaten fresh, processed to make vine and dried to produce raisins

Vitis vinifera (Common Grape Vine, Wine Grape, Purpleleaf Grape, Anggur in Malay) Common Grape Vine is economically important as a source of grapes, both for direct consumption of its sweet fruits and for fermentation to produce wine. Also, it can be dried to produce raisins that are popularly used in cakes, eaten as is or […]

Tropaeolum majus produces flowers in kaleidoscopic colours

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress) Garden 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 […]

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.

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is an exotic and charming orchid plant

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady’s Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum) The 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 […]

Fragaria x ananassa with sweet, aromatic and brilliant red fruits is simply irresistible

Fragaria x ananassa (Strawberry, Garden Strawberry, Cultivated Strawberry) Garden 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 […]