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. […]

Cibotium barometz is a fern with rhizomes densely covered by golden-brown hairs

Cibotium barometz (Golden Chicken Fern, Scythian Lamb, Woolly Fern, Golden Moss, Bulu Pusi in Malay) Golden Chicken Fern or Woolly Fern is unique and exotic as its rhizomes are thick, fleshy and densely covered by golden-brown hairs. These ferns are found growing wild in wet and shady ravines, on hillsides and in mountainous regions.

Tecoma stans with vibrant yellow trumpet-shaped flowers

Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Elder) Tecoma stans or Yellow Bells has captivating and vibrant yellow flowers. It is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands where its cheerful yellow blossoms have long been appreciated for their contribution to tropical colour. It is also the floral emblem of the Bahamas.

Cassia fistula with golden showers of brilliant pendulous flowers

Cassia fistula (Golden Shower Tree/Cassia, Purging Cassia) These ever-flowering large trees are popularly grown along the median strip of highways and roads or by the roadsides, countrysides and even at public parks. A stunning landscape plant when the Golden Shower Tree is in full bloom. It is an extremely glorious and magnificent tree, to say the least. Too bad we can’t accommodate […]

Aechmea gamosepala ‘Lucky Stripe’ with matchstick-like blue flower tips

Aechmea gamosepala ‘Lucky Stripe’ (Variegated Matchstick Plant/Bromeliad) Recently, we spent a short vacation with a gang of 7 retirees at Cameron Highlands. As usual, one of our favourite visits was to Cactus Point where we could feast our eyes on the numerous plants on display. My beloved John was cautious about buying plants from Cameron Highlands […]