Syzygium antisepticum with distinctive reddish-brown, papery and flaky bark

Syzygium antisepticum (Shore Eugenia, Gelam Tikus in Malay) Syzygium antisepticum or Shore Eugenia is an exotic tree with its signature feature of distinctive reddish-brown, papery and flaky bark on its trunk. Truly a beautiful and an awesome sight to behold! Besides, it contains some medicinal properties for good health.

Enjoying our tropical garden from March to April 2014

Born to be a star is Cheilocostus speciosus (Crepe Ginger)! Standing tall, majestic and dramatic in our tropical garden, it started flowering for the first time ever in two years, from early March and had been blooming non-stop ever since. Our tropical garden, providing us our daily dose of joy… we praise and thank the Good Lord! […]

Calathea lutea (Cuban Cigar), an exotic tropical stunner!

Calathea lutea (Cigar Calathea, Cuban/Havana Cigar, Pampano) Weren’t you surprised that these majestically tall plants, up to 3 meters in height, with green and unpatterned foliage bears the name, Calathea lutea? We definitely were as most calatheas not only have beautifully patterned and variegated leaves but are rather dwarfish (about 60 cm) in stature, unlike […]

Cheilocostus speciosus (Costus speciosus) with crepe-like flowers

Cheilocostus speciosus; syn: Costus speciosus (Spiral Ginger, Crepe Ginger, White costus, Cane Reed) Free-flowering Cheilocostus speciosus (its current accepted name) is one of the most attractive and well-known cultivated species of the genus Cheilocostus. A lovely clustering plant with tall reed-like stems that are topped with large snowy-white and crepe-textured flowers on terminal cones. These […]

Thunbergia mysorensis with fascinating slipper-like blossoms

Thunbergia mysorensis (Clock Vine, Lady’s Slipper Vine, Dolls’ Shoes) Wanna buy a pair of lady’s slippers, anyone? Aren’t they gorgeous! No wonder, it’s pretty obvious why this tropical climber has been lovingly nicknamed Lady’s Slipper Vine and Dolls’ Shoes! Even the other common name, Brick & Butter Vine suits it fine, seeing the similarity in […]