archontophoenix alexandrae Alexandra Palm
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Archontophoenix alexandrae

April 18, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Archontophoenix.  species: alexandrae.  Family: AREACEAE.  Common Name: Alexandra Palm, Alex palm, Alexander palm, Feather palm, King palm and Northern bangalow palm. Etymology: Archontophoenix: Archontos is Greek for chieftain or ruler, phoenix is Greek for date palm (ie: ruler […]

Grapevine on arbor
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


April 4, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Vitis. Species: vinifera  which is the chief source of ‘Old World’ wine and table grapes (other species include labrusca, riparia, roundiflora, rupestris, aestivalis, mustangensis and other hybrids).  Family: VITACEAE.  Common Name: Grape. Etymology: Vitis: Latin for vine.  vinifera: Derived from […]

Strongylodon macrobotrys
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Strongylodon macrobotrys

March 2, 2017 Simon 2

Genus: Strongylodon.  species: macrobotrys. Family: LEGUMINOSAE/FABACEAE-PAPILIONOIDEA. Common Names: Jade Vine, Emerald vine Turquoise jade vine. Etymology: Strongylodon: from the Greek  words ‘strongyl’ meaning round and ‘odens’ meaning tooth. macrobotrys: from the Greek words ‘macros’ meaning large/long and ‘botrys’ meaning cluster. Origin: Philippines.   Description: Evergreen, […]

Cyrtostachys renda Lipstick Palm
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cyrtostachys renda

February 17, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cyrtostachys. species: renda. Family: ARECACEAE. Common Name: Lipstick palm, Red sealing wax palm, Rajah wax palm, Maharajah palm, Sealing-wax palm, Sumatra wax palm and Red candle-wax palm.  Etymology: Cyrtostachys: from Greek ‘cyrto’ meaning bent or curved and […]

Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest Waterfall
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Gardens by the Bay (Singapore) ‘Cloud Forest’

February 10, 2017 Simon 0

Hello and welcome back to the final edition of this 3 part series on ‘Gardens by the Bay’ Singapore. This last entry is about the fabulous ‘Cloud Forest’ which is basically straight across the foyer […]

Ficus lyrata Fiddle leaf fig
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Ficus lyrata

February 4, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Ficus. Subgenus: Urostigma. species: lyrata. Family: MORACEAE. Common Name: Fiddle-leaf fig, Banjo fig. Etymology: Ficus: Latin meaning fig tree. lyrata: referring to the shape similar to a lyre (musical instrument of ancient Greece). Origin: Naturally occurring in Western Africa from Cameroon […]

Singapore Bus Tour
A Green Mindset (ideas for our future).

A bus trip around Singapore City.

January 26, 2017 Simon 2

  Well here we are on another edition of  ‘My Walkabout Plants’. In today’s story I will show you a few snap shots that we took during our bus tour and trip to the airport. […]

Buckinghamia celsissima Ivory Curl Tree
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Buckinghamia celsissima

January 20, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Buckinghamia. species: celsissima. Family: PROTEACEAE. Common Name: Ivory Curl Flower, Ivory Curl Tree, Spotted Silky Oak. Etymology: Buckinghamia: Described by Ferninand Von Mueller in honour of Richard Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. celsissima: From the Latin word celsus meaning high and lofty. […]

Thymus vulgaris Thyme
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


January 13, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Thymus.  Species: vulgaris. Family: LAMIACEAE. Common Name: Thyme. Etymology: Thymus: From Greek word thymon meaning a fume or smoke rising in a cloud. Other interpretations suggest it came from Thymos meaning courage, or maybe from the Egyptian word […]

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