Sunday, July 08, 2007

Red butterfly stripe plant - Christia vespertilionis

This morning, I spotted an interesting plant outside a pub. There were many other types growing in pots on the pavement. I only had less than 10 minutes to photograph them. So I whipped out my Canon IXUS 850 and did a series of shots not for the sake of entering any competition but just to frame and capture the way they were. This is my way of observing nature.















6 comments:

slurp! said...

still searching? :)
this should be red butterfly stripe plant
http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/Christia_obcordata.htm

Mable said...

Thanks Slurp for the name of the plant and the link. Now the post has a proper title. I could not find a picture or description in my books with the name you gave so you really saved me some precious time.

slurp! said...

which book u referred to? i think it's named as red butterfly wing in 1001 Garden plants in SIngapore

Mable said...

Hi Slurp,before you gave me the name of the plant, I did attempt to look through the 1001 Garden Plants book page by page for a picture of the plant. I must have seen stars after flipping through more than 50 pages and so missed it on page 86. I also looked through the few guide books on flowers, plants and trees published by the Singapore Science centre that I have and could not find a picture of it. I have quite a number of books on plants and flowers etc because books are my main shopping weakness. You can check out these books in the very first post of this blog. I have bought some more since. I don't have time to read each of them thoroughly and only use them as references and to enjoy the pictures whenever I can. The name of the plant given in the book is Christia vespertilionis but some websites also refer to it as 'Christia obcordata'. I have changed the name to the former since my reference is the 1001 Garden Plants in Singapore book.

slurp! said...

actually, i happen to saw this while flipping for another lately.

yeah, it's really time consuming going thru all these books, let alone figuring the right one to use.

well, I just enjoy the learning process :)

Mable said...

There is no end to learning - clichéd but how true!