Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The white Ixora

 It is now the dry season - there was no rain in this forest for 3 months.... yet this Ixora finlaysoniana is in full bloom.
It is found in the more seasonal forest from IndoChina to Thailand and Philippines. Unlike many of its relatives, this species is not commonly in cultivation in the tropics, probably due to its less floriferous nature in the tropical climate.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Strange spiky fungi deep in the primary forest.
Any ID ?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Some Southern Thailand Begonias

These Begonias from S. Thailand - Malaysian region have nicely patterned leaves but each species are also quite variable. Most of them are Begonia diversifolia or something similar - this photo was taken at my nursery.

This is likely a form of Begonia integrifolia growing at the rubber estate at the edge of a limestone hill.

Plain leaf form

This is another Begonia, a true lithophyte on limestones  - no idea what it could be though.

These plants will go completely dormant during drier months and wake up again once the rain starts falling. They are a bit tricky to grow as you need to drastically reduce watering when they go dormant or you may lose the whole lot.

Friday, July 31, 2015

An Impatiens from Borneo

We had just climbed down from a limestone hill when we saw this herbaceous species at a clearing. Pretty sure it was not a garden escape but no idea which species it belonged to. 

Suggestions of ID much appreciated.

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