Barringtonia asiatica has many medicinal uses and its wood is used to construct boats and huts

Barringtonia asiatica (Poison Fish Tree, Fish-killer Tree, Beach Barringtonia, Sea Poison Tree, Box Fruit, Putat Gajah/Laut in Malay) Backaches and sore joints can be treated using its bark, leaves and fruits. Rheumatism can be treated using the fresh leaves while their juices are used to treat diarrhoea. Intestinal worms can also be expelled by ingesting the […]

Vallaris glabra is selected as the state flower of Malacca in Malaysia

Vallaris glabra (Bread Flower, Kerak Nasi and Bunga Kesidang in Malay) Valliris glabra or Bread Flower is selected as the state flower of historical city of Malacca in Malaysia It produces very ornamental, highly scented, large, and bisexual flowers that are white and cup-shaped.

Cornus florida is the state tree of Virginia and state flower of North Carolina

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood, White Dogwood Tree) It is the state tree of Virginia and state flower of North Carolina. Flowering Dogwood has lovely flowers in spring, attractive foliage  in summer and fall as well as colourful fruits in fall. Native Americans used it as a treatment for malaria.

Rafflesia arnoldii was officially recognised as a national rare flower in Indonesia

Rafflesia arnoldii (Corpse Lily, Corpse Flower, Bunga Bangkai in Indonesian Language) It has a very strong and horrible odour of decaying flesh, earning it the nickname Corpse Flower. It was officially recognised as a national rare flower in Indonesia. Rafflesia is the official state flower of Sabah in Malaysia, as well as for the Surat […]

Psychotria elata is commonly known as Hot Lips Plant for the shape of its bright red bracts that resemble two luscious lips

Psychotria elata (Hooker’s Lips, Hot Lips Plants, Hot Lips, Mick Jagger’s Lips) The plant has become internet-famous because of its flowers or rather the shape of the red bracts (modified leaves) before the flowers mature. From these bracts tiny white, stare-shaped flowers emerge. It is commonly known as Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plant […]