We hauled out the telephoto lens just for this special occasion! This is only the second time we’ve seen these treetop flowers in the past 5-6 years! Our cuipo (Cavanillesia platanifolia) trees are ‘babies’ at 10-12m in height but in their native Central American forests, this canopy tree can get over 50m tall!
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VIETNAMESE BLUE BELL TREE (TRIFIDACANTHUS UNIFOLIOLATUS)
Feature date: 31 Mar 2021
The large and diverse legume family (Fabaceae) is valuable for more than just important food crops, such as peas, beans, and peanuts! It also encompasses many horticulturally important ornamental species which are cultivated for their diverse and showy flowers. One of them is Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus, also commonly known as Vietnamese blue bell tree.
If you are visiting the Gardens, do check out the bright purple flowers of this attractive shrub, planted by a rock sculpture along the Promenade.
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WATER LILY (NYMPHAEA CULTIVARS)
Feature date: 17 Mar 2021
Outdoor Pond, near Satay by the Bay
Flower Dome isn’t the only place in the Gardens adorned in pink this season! Standing out above the water, our pink water lilies (Nymphaea cultivars) are currently blooming in one of our outdoor ponds by the bridge to Satay by the Bay.
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Orchids are known for their epiphytic nature, anchoring themselves on tree trunks and branches. However, the highly adaptable Atacazo Epidendrum (Epidendrum atacazoicum) doesn’t limit itself to growing in the trees - it can also grow terrestrially in the ground, or lithophytically, directly on rock surfaces!
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Come take a look at this native Kenyan orchid and we’re sure you’ll agree it deserves its common name of the beautiful Polystachya (Polystachya bella)! With its vibrant colour and sweet scent, you won’t miss it in Cloud Forest!
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Flowering for only the second time in the history of Gardens by the Bay, these Australian grass trees (Xanthorrhoea glauca) absolutely dominate the entrance to our Australian Garden. Their impressive, spear-like flowering spikes grow up to 4m long and the tiny white flowers produce copious amounts of nectar that would attract pollinators like bees and honeyeaters in its native range in Queensland and New South Wales.
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No prizes for guessing where the Costa Rican skullcap is native to, but can you guess which family this plant belongs to? Hint: It’s the same family as many Mediterranean culinary herbs. Find these conspicuous scarlet beauties along the path to the mountain in Cloud Forest!
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The otherworldly aquamarine flowers of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) might look like a recent botanical discovery from Pandora, but they’re actually a vulnerable legume from the Philippines! The recent hot and cool temperature fluctuations might have triggered this rare bloomer to flower. Head over to the Fruits and Flowers garden in World of Plants before their flowers fade in the next few days!
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Can you believe the gold finger plant (Juanulloa mexicana) is related to potatoes, chillies, and tomatoes? This semi-epiphytic shrub is native to the region from Southern Mexico to Colombia. Keep a lookout for the bright orange, fire-cracker flowers of the gold finger plant at Fruits and Flowers garden in World of Plants!
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It is not only the festive season, but also the blooming season of Rhododendron ‘Festive Bells’. With its vivid red, bell-shaped flowers, this rhododendron ushers in a wonderful, joy-filled festive season! Check out this pretty rhododendron hybrid in the Lost World of Cloud Forest.
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Health and healing are on the top of our wishlist this holiday season and the splendid scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) stands for exactly that. Salvia comes from the Latin salvus, meaning 'safe' and 'healthy,' in reference to the medicinal properties of many members in this genus of over 900 species. Over 2,500 plants, including 700 scarlet sage plants, were lovingly grown in-house by our Research & Horticulture team as part of our sustainability efforts.
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Do you know the flowers of the Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta) are deeply rooted in Indian culture? Introduced to India by Portuguese traders in the late 16th century, marigolds have become a quintessential part of India’s culture, strung into garlands and used as offerings in daily rituals, festivals, and weddings! Find these vibrant orange and yellow blooms in Flower Dome’s Flower Field display in perfect timing for Deepavali celebrations!
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Would you believe this huge plant can grow either as an epiphyte or a terrestrial plant? Cochliostema odoratissimum is a member of the spiderwort family (Commelinaceae). Catch this impressive species in bloom on the Cloud Forest mountain!
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What’s the perfect mid-autumn snack to complement sweet, rich mooncakes? Fragrant osmanthus tea and osmanthus cakes, of course! Have you ever wondered what osmanthus looks like in real life and how it became associated with Mid-Autumn Festival?
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Did you know that Big Blue Salvia is an award-winning, new cultivar? It is prized for its long, showy spikes of brilliant purple-blue flowers and a hardy, vigorous growth habit! Find this unusual blue-flowered shrub in the Flower Field display, interspersed with the sunflowers in front of the castle.
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Silver Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus)
Shining silver under the hot sun, or glimmering pale grey through an afternoon downpour, the silver buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus) is effortlessly elegant no matter what the weather! A downy coating of fine hairs on its leaves reflects light, giving the foliage of this ornamental tree its namesake grey-green glow!
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Did you know that all bladderworts are carnivorous? These dainty flowers belongs to the bladderwort (Utricularia bisquamata). Small bladders on the underground stems and roots trap tiny insects that are digested and absorbed as nutrients by the plant!
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Did you know that Singapore is the only country in the world to have an orchid hybrid, VandaMiss Joaquim (PapilionantheMiss Joaquim), as its national flower? Chosen in 1981 to be Singapore’s national flower for its vibrant colours and resilience, qualities that reflect the Singapore spirit, this gorgeous multi-coloured orchid was bred right here in Singapore and named in honour of its breeder, Agnes Joaquim (1854 – 1899), an avid gardener and orchid breeder.
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Would you believe all these bright, pink flowers belong to the same tree species? The silk floss tree (Ceiba speciosa) hides an amazing diversity of floral colours and forms. Spot them near the Floral Clock!
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Lipstick TRee (Bixa orellana)
Feature date: 3 Jun 2020
Marina Gardens Drive
Did you know that annatto, an extract from the seeds of the lipstick tree (Bixa orellana), is used as a colouring agent for foods, fibres, and even cosmetics? You’ve likely eaten butter, margarine, or cheese coloured with annatto before! Its usage can be traced back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations! Find this eye-catching shrub along the Garden’s lake perimeter along Marina Gardens Drive.
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