Monday, December 20, 2010

Uvaria grandiflora

This large woody vine was found flowering at the Bukit Timah Hill area. The flower reminded me of a red sunflower and I was quite awed by its size too...about 6 cm in diameter. It has a rather wide occurence from south China to most of SE Asian rain forest. Throughout its range, it is used medicinally, as in many members of this family which has many unusual alkaloids which are known to be psycho-active.

6 comments:

Hermes said...

What a beauty. I bet you were a bit surprised with this one.

islaverde said...

Is it native here? looks like it originated from Thailand/Indochina region.

Hort Log said...

Yes, I am new to this one.

Its listed in Hsuan Keng's Concise Flroa of S'pore.

Titania said...

It is great to see more or less a new discovery as so many plants disappear without having the chance to be seen or are never found. It must be so exciting for you when you come upon such a lovely and interesting plant.
Enjoy, easy and lovely Christmas days.

Hon E said...

Great find but too big for our small plots.

Precious Cabuang said...

Hi. We are doing a research study concerning Uvaria grandiflora. :) Is it okay if we ask if you know/have any resources that can lead to its phytochemistry and the like? Thank you so much.

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