Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dragon Fruit Plant


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Herba Lobellae Chinensis: 半边莲

Lobelia chinensis, commonly known as the Chinese Lobelia, Herba Lobellae Chinensis, aze mushiro, and mizo kakushi, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name (Chinese: 半边莲)
This is a small perennial herb that grows in tangled clumps from 15 centimetres (5.9 in) to 35 centimetres (14 in) long. It has a long, thin, branching stem that is olive green and green-brown crumpled narrow leaves. It has little to no odor and a sweet and pungent taste. When harvesting herbs for medical use, the ones with the greenest stems and yellower roots are preferred.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Today's Flowers: Chrysanthemum

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lotus & Water Lily

Lotus is a name also applied to various other plants and plant groups, including the unrelated genus Lotus. I will share my collection of lotus flowers and water lilies (which I always thought they are the same kind in the past) flowers in this post. 

Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus.

Nelumbo is a genus of aquatic plants with large, showy flowers. Members are commonly called lotus, though "lotus" is a name also applied to various other plants and plant groups, including the unrelated genus Lotus. Members outwardly resemble those in the family Nymphaeaceae (water lilies), but Nelumbo is actually very distant to Nymphaeaceae.  

There are only two known living species in the genus. The sacred lotus (N. nucifera) is native to Asia, and is the better known of the two. It is commonly cultivated, and also used in Chinese medicine and cooking. This species is the national flower of India and Vietnam. The American lotus (N. lutea) is native to North America and the Caribbean. 

Nymphaea, Members of this family are commonly called water lilies, many species are cultivated as ornamental plants, they are known commonly as water-lilies, also styled water lilies and waterlilies.

Nymphaea caerulea, known primarily as blue lotus (or blue Egyptian lotus), 
but also blue water lily (or blue Egyptian water lily)

Nymphaea nouchali, common names blue lotus, star lotus, water lily, blue star water lily etc, in blue, red and white colour...It is native to southern and eastern parts of Asia, this species is sometimes considered to include the blue Egyptian lotus Nymphaea caerulea.

Nymphaea lotus, the white Egyptian lotus, tiger lotus, white lotus 
or Egyptian white water-lily

Nymphaea alba, also known as the European white waterlily, white lotus, white water rose or nenuphar, is an aquatic flowering plant of the family Nymphaeaceae.

Nymphaea pubescens, also known as the hairy water lily or pink water-lily is another species of water lily.

not sure about the last two images

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Purple Snakeweed

Country of Origin : South America
English Common Name : Snakeweed, Purple Snakeweed, Blue Porter Weed, Pink Snakeweed
Many species of butterflies are attracted to the flowers of the Snakeweed. For more about the butterflies attracted to this plant, you may want to read this blog here.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rainforest Tree: Dillenia Alata

Dillenia alata, commonly known as red beech or golden guinea tree, is a rainforest tree found in northern Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands. It is a medium-sized tree with reddish-brown papery bark. The leaves are 11–23 mm long and 6–13 mm wide and connected to the stem by a stem-clasping winged petiole. The five-petalled yellow flowers have a cluster of pink or red styles, anthers and staminoides at the centre.

Thursday, August 20, 2015