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.

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.

Moringa oleifera is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie

Moringa oleifera (Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree) Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie. Besides, these edible green, three-angled, long and slender fruits of Drumstick Tree are especially used in Indian cuisine.