Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Memecylon caeruleum

Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: Indochina, Malesia
I have seen this plant before and have photographed its flowers. That was years ago at the Botanic Gardens when I was attracted by the brilliant show of purple and pink on the branches. This bunch of dying flower and fruits was seen at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. It does not have the beauty that qualifies it for a flower show or perhaps one wonders why it is featured on this blog. But beauty is only skin deep and beauty is in the eye of the beholder alone. Look again at this picture and see the various stages of growth and decay, joy and sadness, fullness and emptiness - life in progress.

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