Archive for January, 2010

Celebrates Chinese New year with HortPark on the Sunday, 17 Jan 2010

Posted in 2010, Events happening around the region, Singapore with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by orchideae

HortPark has lined up a series of event to celebrate the coming of the Chinese New Year on the 17th Jan 2009. Activities include the Butterfly Garden Tour, The Eight Treasures Hunt, A Festive Bazar of Happiness, Gardening Talk: Airplants and God of Fortune Meet & Greet.

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Due to a lack of time, I was not able to enjoy the full range of activities organised by HortPark.

I was there at around 11am to 1.30pm. The response to the bazar seem to be lukewarm small crowd of people were seen gathering around their favourite stalls. Seven vendors were peddling their wares at the bazar, some interesting flora and good beginner stuffs were spotted.

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The following were the vendors peddling their wares at the bazar.

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    Folia SG

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    Pick A Plant

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    Terrascapes

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    Ji Mei Flower Pte Ltd

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    Joyful Haven

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    The Flora Place

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    HortPark’s Booth

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Interesting terrarium spotted at the reception.

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Musa acuminata x balbisiana, celebration of cultivation for a century in Singapore!

Posted in acuminata x balbisiana, musa with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2010 by orchideae

Musa- banana has comes a long way in history in our food chain , colorful folk lores and of course it has been a landscape plant in Asia for a long time.

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In 1909 it is already considered as a tropical marvel to the world.

Musa paradisiaca (Musa x paradisiaca) was the first Linnean name given to a banana in 1753 and is therefore technically the “type species” for the genus Musa. Musa sapientum (Musa x sapientum) is another Musa, which Linnaeus named in 1759. Ernest Cheesman thought that Musa sapientum was a hybrid between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. When it was later realized that Musa paradisiaca was also a hybrid between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. More usage of Musa x paradisiaca is emphasized that they are just complex hybrids of these 2 species. The presumed origin of the parthenocarpic and seedless condition of Musa X paradisiaca was in Malaya or rumored to be perhaps in Singapore!!

To see Musa x paradisiaca in life, one can visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens / Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and if lucky would be able to see its in full fruiting glorious.

Thrixspermum odoratum – a new orchid discovery in Hainan Island!!

Posted in 2010, News around the globe, News from China with tags , , , on January 8, 2010 by orchideae

It is published in Ann. Bot Fennici 46: 595 -598 on the 18th December 2009 that Thrixspermum odoratum an epiphytic orchid with reputed to emit a strong jasmine fragrance is found in the tropical rain forest of Hainan Island, China.

For the full article, please click the following:-

http://www.sekj.org/PDF/anb46-free/anb46-595.pdf

Zodiac Fair 2010

Posted in 2010, Events happening around the region, Singapore with tags , , on January 6, 2010 by orchideae

The annual Zodiac Fair is here again at Chinatown point
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Location : Chinatown Town Point
Duration : 6 to 10 Jan 2010 (10am – 7pm)

One can find all sorts of philatelic items and various coins and banknotes from the dealers and SingPost is releasing the Tiger stamps on 8 Jan 2010.

The following are some philatelic items related to flora and YES…some have orchids in them too are spotted at the fair.

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Cleisostoma odoratum

Posted in Cleisostoma, Orchids with tags , , on January 4, 2010 by orchideae

I was flipping the Malaesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009, when I came across this article on the Cleisostoma odoratum. I then realized that it was a plant grown by a friend of mine in Malaysia. As what Peter has mentioned, my friend who is an orchid enthusiast has been growing this plant for many many years before it reach the specimen size (almost like a grown vanda!!!!) then. One can see the magnificent of the plant as shown in the following photos, which I have taken in Jun 07 when I visited his garden.

This species has only been collected twice once in 1893 at Maxwell Hill and the second time which was collected by my friend.

The plant is growing in filtered light with a very cool growing environment. The plant was in bloomed with approximately hundreds of flowers of approximately 1cm; light fragrance was detected when I took the photos then.

Peter has indicated in his article that this cultivated plant may no longer in existence due to a misguided action by a local conservation group in the Cameron Highlands. Most probably this magnificent plant may not be in existence any more is a very sad case, if it is true.

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The magnificent plant in full bloom in 07.

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Close up on the sprays of flowers.

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Close up of the flower.

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Another close up shot of the flower