Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Morning rain and a happy bird

View of Zone F, looking west - the stream overflows

Shrubby Dillenia flower
in the rain
 The park received a light shower this morning which lasted till noon.  The light rains have caused the stream to be filled to the brim and in some locations have overflowed to surrounding plains.  Today's rain is hugely welcomed because the park has been experiencing  a dry and hot weather stretch since 10 days ago. I had to use an umbrella to check out the extent of the flash floods and other interesting things for the record.
Much to my pleasure I stumbled upon a lone Spiderhunter happily absorbed at siphoning the nectar from the flowers of the Yellow Ixora.  The Spiderhunter had to do some acrobatic moves while in flight to pull out the needle-like style which contains the sweet -tasting nectar.  For this reason Malays call this flower 'Bunga Jarum' whereby 'jarum' means needle.
Little Spiderhunter hoovering at the  Yellow Ixora flower
Location : Zone C 

Note the needle-like style caught in between the beak.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ladies, this plant is for you.


The centre oil palm tree (above)
 is where the Lipstick plant grows
 I had a pleasant surprise upon seeing the Lipstick vine ( Aeschynanthus spp) that hugs the oil palm trunk at Zone B (see inset) producing flowers.  For a couple of days I have been watching the moment when the flower will reveal its full blooming glory. The Lisptick vine is a native plant in Sarawak or Borneo Island for that matter where it naturally grows on trees close to rivers and streams.  The flowers look like a red lipstick poking out of a deep red holder.  The leaves are waxy and succulent . This plant does fine on a hanging basket.
Near blooming stage
The flower starting to full bloom.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

White flushes of a jungle tree

White flushes or young leaves of a jungle tree
Botanic Island Two

 I have noticing for about four days in a row a jungle tree that exhibits white flushes or young leaves.  There are many native plants species that possess this leafing phenomena at the park, with some showing different colour flushes.  In our humid tropical rainforest environment, the greenery does not follow the predictable annual cycles like in the temperate climates with their springs  and autumns.  At the park, trees grow continuously by producing new leaves.  However for some trees, the leaf exchange can result in flush accumulation with new leaves showing contrasting colours.  Today, I checked again the jungle tree which produces white flushes at Botanic Island Two.  I see a good potential for this tree as a landscape tree for its white flushes.