Thursday, August 24, 2006

Gustavia superba

I never cease to be amazed by the variety of flowers present in the parks of Singapore. Though many are not natives of our island and come from similar climatic zones from countries as far away as tropical America and Africa, we are very fortunate to be able to see these flowers, plants and trees in real life thanks to the superb efforts of our National Parks Board. There is nothing that can be compared with the ability to see a real flower, to touch it and feel the softness of its petals and to drink in the beauty of its colours and form. When I first saw the fruits of this plant in West Coast Park a few years I did not know what the flower had looked like. Then I saw the fruits in the Botanical Gardens a second time with their lovely flowers and was just interested in photographing it. There was no necessity then to know the name. But now there is and I found out that it is called the Gustavia superba.
Common name: Membrilla
Family: Lecythidaceae
Origin: Costa Rica, Panama Columbia
Reference: 1001 Garden Plants in Singapore, NPark's Publication, 2003.

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