Friday, June 21, 2013

Flowering today at the park

 In my attempt to create a nature park I have resorted to planting more and more native plant species.  Here's three that caught my attention today.
The Senduduk  or Straits rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) ( See pic at inset) grows wild and natural at the park and is visited by many birds and insects.  They are a hardy pioneering species and are very attractive to wildlife.  The Asian rosebay (Tabernaemontana divaricata) is another hardy shrub that has slightly fragrant white flowers.  And then there's the once common but now more difficult to see local orchid called Bromheadia finlaysoniana.  This is a terrestrial orchid that grow into a small bush with white fragrant flowers held singly or in pairs on tall stalks.
 Tabernaemontana divaricata (Asean rosebay)
Syn : Ervatamia divaricata, E. coronaria)

Bromheadia finlaysoniana

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