There's always something to marvel about around our lush landscape. Learn more of our blooming highlights in the Gardens!
Feature date: 11 Sept 2019
Leaves come in more than just green! Many plants, like these members of the Goeppertia genus have gorgeous leaves patterned in striking shades of greens, pinks, yellows, and white! Like most members of the prayer plant family (Marantaceae), their leaves lower to catch the sun during the day, and rise upward at night, allowing us to admire the different colours and patterns on both the leaf surface and undersides!
Want to see more? Join our brand-new, limited edition, 'Of Seeds and Senses' guided walking tours, starting this Saturday, 14 September, as we explore our gardens through the sense of sight! We'll show you some oft-overlooked visually-amazing plants! Every 2nd Saturday, we'll feature a different sense, starting with sight in September, then touch, taste, and smell. Come for all four!
Known as the Nun's cap orchid for its hooded white-backed flowers resembling the veil of some Christian nuns, Phaius tankervilleae is a large, terrestrial orchid native to the lower montane woods and grasslands in parts of Asia and Oceania. This orchid supposedly first flowered in captivity in the greenhouse of Lady Emma Tankerville (1752-1836), a British countess with one of the largest exotic plants collections in London, and was thus named in her honour. Find it in our collection, opposite the Scentsational Orchids display in Cloud Forest and just beside the wooden bench!
Commonly known as the many-spotted masdevallia, its species epithet comes from the Greek words poly ('many') and stictus ('spotted').
Found in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes at elevations of 1600 to 3000 meters, Masdevallia polysticta is a cool to cold-growing orchid that favours a damp environment. Its tiny, striking flowers emit a light, sweet scent. This species has many colour variations, currently in bloom is a purple-spotted white variant with long, yellow sepal tails. Find them at the Scentsational Orchids display at the Cloud Forest!
Winter is coming? We wish! This long, hot, dry spell in Singapore makes many of us long for the chilly temperatures and shorter days of autumn. The brilliant crimson young foliage of this red-leafed form of Thai Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia floribunda) only encourages our daydreams with a pop of (false) fall colour! Native to tropical southeast Asia, this Lythraceae member can get up to 35m tall in the wild and is famous for its crinkled, tissue-thin petals that fade from magenta to white. These juvenile red leaves will likewise mature to a dark green, so enjoy them flanking Serene Garden's waterfall soon!
Feature date: 14 Aug 2019
These orchid-like flowers belong to Pseuderanthemum andersonii, commonly known as Blue Twilight or Florida Twilight. These low-growing shrubs are native to the shaded hill forests of south China, and Southeast Asia, though Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They are cultivated as ornamental plants for their continuously blooming bunches of three or more purple flowers that stand out above their dark foliage. Find these beautiful blooms lining the walkway from the Bayfront MRT exit to Floral Fantasy!
This heritage orchid is Aranda Singa Gold, a hybrid of Arachnis hookeriana and VandaBangkhuntian Gold, bred by Singapore Botanic Gardens. Singa means 'lion' in Sanskit, referring to Singapore, the Lion City. Orchid breeding takes a lot of patience! To produce a hybrid, a breeder selects two orchids with desirable features to be combined in the offspring. He or she transfers the pollinia (pollen sacs) from one parent to the stigma of the other and waits to see if a fruit or 'pod' forms. It may take up to 6 years to see the results, as orchids grow slowly from dust-like seeds to a flowering plant!
Look for Aranda Singa Gold near the entrance to the Flower Dome, alongside over 80 other orchid varieties starring in Our Singapop, this year's Orchid Extravaganza display.
Don't these flowers look like little people? This hybrid is named in honour of all Singaporeans! As red is one of Singapore's national colors, Renanthera Singaporeans seems to depict a multitude of Singaporeans with its attractive and abundant flowers. This beautiful hybrid is the result of a cross between Renanthera Kalsom and Renanthera Tom Thumb. In the wild, Renanthera species can be found in northeast India through Southeast Asia. They thrive in warmer climates, and produce multiple small flowers in branched inflorescences. Come check out and other amazing heritage orchids of Singapore in Flower Dome's brand new 'Our Singapop' Orchid Extravaganza display!
Polycycnis derives from Greek word, "many swans", in reference to the numerous flowers which arching columns resemble the necks of these graceful birds. The scented flowers are cream-white with brownish-pink blotches and the lip is densely hairy. Polycycnis trullifera flowers attract male euglossine bees that utilize scent compounds in mating displays to attract female bees and battle rival males. This plant is not common in cultivation, so be sure to catch ours in flower at Scentsational Orchids display in Cloud Forest!
No, this isn't a long-lost relative of Twoey from 'Little Shop of Horrors!' Cheekily known as 'hot lips,' the bright scarlet opposing bracts of Palicourea tomentosa hide small, yellow-green flowers that emerge from between the 'lips,' and if fertilized, develop into bright blue fruits!
This spindly coffee relative (Rubiaceae family) is a short shrub less than 2 m tall and native to the Central and South American rainforests. Look for these hot lips in the Secret Garden of Cloud Forest, under the bridge opposite the miniature orchid display!
While you're searching for the colourful Poison Dart Frogs, do admire our equally striking begonia collection, several of which are in flower! These begonia species are found in different parts of Southeast Asia, often in isolated populations on wet, rocky places, such as on cliffs near waterfalls. Many plant enthusiasts collect begonias for their interesting foliage; their flowers can be a much rarer sight albeit less colourful.
Most flowering plants bear perfect flowers with both male and female parts, but begonias have unisexual flowers that are either male or female. Male flowers have two to four tepals (similar-looking petals and sepals), while female flowers can be recognized by the winged ovary behind their three to six tepals. These flowers are usually white or pale pink with some species sporting red flowers, such as the Darth Vader Begonia (Begonia darthvaderiana). Can you tell which ones are spotting male flowers?
Spot these rare begonia species in the Poison Dart Frog Vivarium at Floral Fantasy today!
Members of the orchid genus Miltoniopsis are commonly known as ‘pansy orchids,’ as their wide, round flowers and boldly patterned lip petal create a striking resemblance to pansy flowers (Viola tricolor var. hortensis). This is Miltoniopsis Playgirl ‘Cha-cha’, a selection of the hybrid of Miltoniopsis Seine x Miltoniopsis Memoria Ida Seigel. Not only are its clusters of magenta and yellow-patterned white flowers a visual delight, they are also fragrant, with a kaffir lime and lemongrass scent reminiscent of Thai Tom Yam soup! These blooms are expected to last for weeks, so head down to the Scentsational Orchid display in Cloud Forest conservatory and smell them for yourself!
The Empress of Brazil is flowering at Cloud Forest for just the third time since being planted in 2016! An amaryllis relative and the only species of its monotypic genus, Worsleya procera is native to eastern Brazil, growing on steep granite cliffs where it is exposed to intense wind, rain, and sun. Cultivating this plant can be really tough, as it requires specific growing conditions to thrive and flower. Held above the equally-stunning, recurved leaves, the large flowers are brushed and freckled in deepening shades of lilac-blue toward their frilled edges. Step on the Cloud Walk to spot this rare beauty high on the mountainside near the end of the walkway above a profusion of anthuriums!
If you like piña coladas...well, this is the tree for you! Commonly known as Scented Daphne, Phaleria clerodendron is a small tree native to the tropical forests of Queensland in northeastern Australia.
The clusters of fragrant, white tubular flowers bloom directly on the trunk and branches, scenting the air with perfume reminiscent of pineapple or piña coladas. The bright red, glossy, egg-shaped fruits look alluring, but may be toxic. Native Australian birds, such as cassowaries, are known to feed on the fruits. Mainly cultivated as ornamental tree in Singapore, we have planted them extensively in our Fruits and Flowers and Understorey gardens, where they are blooming en masse!
Is there a delicious monster hiding among your houseplants? Native to Peru and Mexico, the Swiss cheese plant's huge, lobed, perforated adult leaves are now an iconic depiction of tropical foliage, decorating everything from pillowcases to plates! But few have seen it flower and fewer still sampled its delectable pineapple-banana-flavoured fruit, which its botanical name Monstera deliciosa ('delicious monster') and alternate common name, fruit salad plant, allude to!
Here are three rarely-seen stages of Monstera reproduction, all on the same plant at Supertree Grove! First, a pale-green immature inflorescence (foreground), matures into full bloom with a petal-like ivory spathe and columnar spadix, bearing multiple minute flowers (left), and eventually develops into a scaly fruit (right). Eating an unripe fruit will cause severe mouth and throat irritation, so wait till the green scales peel off before sampling the sweet flesh inside!
A close relative of mangosteen, Garcinia xanthochymus is native to tropical Asia, from India through Indochina. A small to medium-sized tree up to 15 meters tall, it is characterised by a pyramidal crown, large, glossy, oblong leaves, and yellow-orange, pointy-tipped fruits. Also known as 'sour mangosteen', the tart fruit pulp is made into jams or pickles and used like tamarind or lemon juice to add a sour tang to dishes. The species epithet xanthochymus means 'yellow sap', a trait common to several Garcinia species. Their resin yields a bright yellow pigment called 'gamboge', from the Latin name for Cambodia, where most gamboge was produced. Look out for this tree at the Meadow Carpark!
Feature date: 22 May 2019
Did you know that orchids can be scented too? Prosthechea fragrans, a scented orchid found in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador, can be found in low montane forests. It is a warm to cool growing epiphyte which can thrive in an altitude of up to 2000 meters. Although its flowers are not as colourful as other orchids, it gives off a nice, and delicate scent. Do come and take a whiff of the different types of scented orchids at our latest orchid display in Cloud Forest- Scentsational Orchids! There are many different types of scented orchids showcased and you'll be surprised at what you'll get to smell there!