This is my 999th post since Flowersinsingapore opened its doors on 15 Sep 2005.
I have to leave to find fresh pastures to graze after four years. Thank you for visiting this blog and those other blogs of mine that are linked to this one.
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This is my favourite Hibiscus specie. I like the contrast between the deep red of the centre and the peach colour of the frilly petals with a tinge of pink between them. Unlike my other hibiscus plant, the flowers usually come singly and last for a day or two. The plant is scrawny and the leaves are not luxuriant. Nevertheless it is a delight to have in my backyard for the occasional flowering does brighten up the day.
Clerodendrum paniculatum - Pagoda Flowers. I have not seen them for quite a while. Today at MacRitchie Reservoir, there were a number of blooms gracing the new landscaped garden next to the Mushroom Cafe.
When I first saw these almond-shaped reddish fruits bunched around the base of the trunk of this tree, I thought that they looked good enough to eat. On reflection, I should have touched them to appreciate them through the sense of touch for a change. I guess I still have to break away from my fear to touch anything that is unknown to me because it may be poisonous or it may cause me to break out in rashes. The same goes for using my sense of smell and taste is out of question for I do not want to die before my time. So I just stuck to using my sense of sight and all my fears aside, I was really glad to have spotted this interesting tree by the name of Baccaurea parviflora or in Malay, Setumbun Merah. This particular tree was growing very close to the boardwalk of the Petai trail in the MacRitchie Nature Reserve.
These photos were taken in quite a hurry because the rains were coming and we were a few kilometers away from the MacRitchie Reservoir entrance. The prospect of being caught in a heavy downpower in the secondary forest did not appeal to me. I would have taken more close-up shots but then as I said, the rains were coming but I am glad to have seen these flower buds. I found out this plant has a rather scary name - Nodding Witch's Tongue.