Thursday, June 19, 2014

Holmskioldia sanguinea

Holmskioldia sanguinea is a perennial plant belonging to the plant Family Verbenaceae. It is native to tropical Asia. The stem divides near the base and forms long thin branches. The flowers are unique in that they have the shape like a hat or cup and saucer. Thus the plant has common names like cup-and-saucer-plant or mandarin's hat plant. The flower colours range from orange red to pale red or red.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Anthurium plowmanii

Anthurium plowmanii is an evergreen plant belonging to the pant Family Araceae. It is said to have originated from South America. It has become very popular in Indonesia and fetches high price when sold as ornamental plant. It is said that the more ruffled the leaf perimeter is, the higher is the price tag on it. The love for the ruffle has earned the plant the nickname "Gelombang Cinta", which means "Wave of Love". In Malaysia the craze for this plant is not obvious.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Furcraea foetida

Furcraea foetida belongs to the plant  Family: Asparagaceae. It has been reported that Furcraea of twotypes, which are the green non-variegated type and the yellow-green variegated type.  Two names have been given to the variegated type, which are Furcraea foetida 'Variegata' and  Furcraea foetida  'Mediopicta'. I really haven't have time to check whether they are the same or two different varieties. The presence can beautify the landscape.

Picture taken in Selangor, Malaysia

Picture taken in Pahang, Malaysia

Picture taken in Tuban, Terengganu, Malaysia

Picture taken in Tuban, East Jawa, Indonesia

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hippobroma longiflora

Hippobroma longiflora is a herbacious weed plant from the plant family Campanulaceae. It is native to West Indies but is now found in other parts of the world including Malaysia. It is reported that the plant sap contain toxic substances which can irritate when exposed to them. The flowers are white cylindrical at the base and end with five petals. 

This picture was taken at Tuban, Indonesia

This picture was taken in Selangor, Malaysia

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ipomea batatas

Ipomea batatas is commonly known as sweet potato. It belongs to the plant family Convolvulaceae. Sweat potato is a creeping plant with broad leaf having the shape of a heart. The plant is cultivated due to the production of edible starchy tuberous roots. Traditionally the tuber content is white but modern varieties have various colours including orange and purple.

The plant can be easily grown by vegetative propagation using  stem cutting or the stem-root junction of the tuberous roots.  Tubers that have been harvested for few weeks can be let to sprout new shoot at the junction between the tuberous root and the stem. One thing about plant that everyone should know is that the root does not ordinarily form any kind of shoot sprouting from it. Thus one can differentiate between tuberous stem and tuberous root, such as the tubers of potato and sweet potato.