Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Moringa oleifera (Moringa, Drumstick)

Moringa or Drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera)
Family : Moringaceae - Moringa family

Drumstick tree or Moringa
Note the long bean-like fruits, looking like a drumstick.

Moringa oleifera
Syn: Moringa pterygosperma

Monday, September 30, 2013

Passiflora foetida - Letup (Malay)

Passiflora foetida (Letup - Malay)
Family : Passifloraceae - Passion flower family

 This is very popular among Sarawakian kids because the ripe fruits have pulp that are  juicy and tasty.  Birds also love the ripe fruits.  The young leaves can be cooked as vegetables.  The plant is also known as ' Kamibit or Peletup' among the Ibans of Sarawak because of the 'pop' sound when pressed hard between the palms.  The young fruit is enclosed in a basket formed from 3 finely subdivided bracts bearing sticky glandular hairs.

Young fruit is green and ripe ones are a bright orange in colour.
Note the grandular hair enveloping the young fruit.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tabebuia rosea (Pink Poui)

Pink Poui ( Tabebuia rosea )
Family : Bignoniaceae - Bignonia family

Bauhinia kockiana (Red variery)

Bauhinia kockiana (Red variety)
Family : Leguminosae - Bean family

Bauhinia kockiana (Red variety)
Family : Leguminosae - Bean family

Note:  This red variety was seen at Sebangkoi rest area, near Sarikei.  Normally this vine have yellow flowers that gradually turn orange.  But this variety shows bright red flowers.