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.

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 […]

Uses of Adenanthera pavonina include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber

Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence) Seeds of Adenanthera pavonina have long been a symbol of love in China and its name in Chinese is ‘xiang si dou’, translated as mutual love bean. Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber. […]

Nelumbo nucifera provides edible fruits, leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds

Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily, Egyptian Bean, Lotus, Teratai in Malay) Indian Lotus or Egyptian Bean provides edible fruits, young leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds. It is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Nelumbo nucifera is the national flower of India and Vietnam.