11 April 2011


On that hot afternoon when I was making my way to the office, I saw the Saraca cauliflora at the children's playground area, and it seemed as if someone stuck a bouquet of orange flowers into the ground. Next to Phaleria clerodendrum, this genus is also another favourite of mine although the flowers are not fragrant.

I posted about the Turnera ulmifolia and T. subulata at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital recently, and here is an uncommon T. aurantiaca (common name: Orange Turnera). Left on its own, it becomes rather leggy and the flowers are actually far and few and not very striking. A link on this shrub is shown below:

At the other part of the children's playground, the poor Jacaranda obtusifolia is struggling. In fact, it had been struggling for about a year now. Over at the Fantasy Garden, two Plain Tigers were seen on the Cnidoscolus chayamansa and the Helitropium indicum.

Towards the bridge leading to the Hands-On-House, one of the Clerodendrum quadriloculare (common name: Starburst Bush, Shooting Star) was throwing out its beautiful pink flowers against the dark green and maroon background of its leaves. What a beauty!