SILK FLOSS TREE
Feature date: 17 JUN 2020
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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Don’t worry — we’ve captured this Supertree Grove beauty in full bloom for everyone working from home!
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With a floral fragrance similar to piña coladas, the Scented Daphne (Phaleria clerodendron) is in mass bloom all over the Gardens! Native to the tropical forests of Queensland, this small tree produces clusters of fragrant, white, tubular flowers directly on its trunk and branches. The glossy red fruit, though alluring, may be toxic, so don't pluck them!
Stroll past stands of these trees at The Meadow border beds and Understory Garden at World of Plants - our Outdoor Gardens are still open to everyone!
Unlike other Dendrobium species immediately recognizable by their fleshy sparse-leaved canes, this Indo-Chinese and West Malesia species has flat canes with pleasingly patterned scale-like alternating leaves.
Find this lion perched on one of the Malay Garden's plumeria trees!
Native to southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, this succulent groundcover is prized for its drought-tolerance and brightly-coloured flowers in hues of red, orange, yellow and purple. Most common cultivars are usually double-petalled, but some, like 'Samba bicolor', produces large, single-petalled flowers! Being morning-bloomers, pollinating honeybees and other smaller bees are often seen visiting these blossoms.
Find a rainbow of moss-roses throughout the outdoor gardens, including Bayfront Pavilion, Silver Garden, and the Canyon!
Cherry, peach, and many other stone fruit trees including plum, almond, and apricot all belong to the Prunus genus, Native to northern temperate regions, they share many similar characteristics including simple, toothed leaves, five-petaled flowers, and fleshy fruit with single seeds.
Discover the differences between cherry and peach buds and blossoms, and visit Sakura Matsuri at Flower Dome (50% off tickets!) for your very own hanami experience without leaving Singapore!
Native to the Americas, members of the Agave genus are slow-growing, succulent, rosette-forming plants with thick, spiny-edged leaves, mostly found growing in arid regions. They have become popular ornamental landscaping plants, with many species and cultivars grown around the world. Agave titanota is one of the many agaves cultivated in the Flower Dome’s Baobabs area and is known as the Rancho Tambor agave, after the locality in Mexico where this species is native to.
Don't miss the huge plant and its magnificent 4-meter flower spike with hundreds of small, yellow flowers the next time you visit Flower Dome!
Native to the open forest granite cliffs of southeast Australia, this hardy orchid with long racemes of over a hundred fragrant flowers not only loves full sun, but some of its southern forms can also withstand winters as low as 2°C, making it a popular species for widespread cultivation.
We're glad we waited for this orchid to establish itself, so come admire its magnificent blooms with us in Flower Dome's Australian Garden!
Named 'dumbcane' because all its parts contain irritating calcium oxalate crystals which can cause throat swelling and speechlessness if ingested, it's best to keep this common houseplant away from curious toddlers and pets.
Come marvel at our huge, 3m tall, flowering specimen in Secret Life of Trees, and see how big these plants can get!
These purple wheat celosias (Celosia spicata'Spiky Purple') are named for the resemblance of their flowerheads to ears of wheat (Triticum aestivum). In our Year of the Rat display, wheat celosias surround our two lucky golden rat statues, representing an abundance of harvest. In ancient times, some people believed the presence of rats in the household symbolised wealth, as it indicated that there were extra food and grains for the rodents to steal.
Look out for the many different celosias at Gardens by the Bay, from the Flower Dome's Dahlia Dreams display to the outdoor decorations welcoming you into the Golden Garden!
A member of the genus Cleistocactus, Greek for ‘closed cactus’, for its flowers which barely open, this species produces abundant orange-pink tubular flowers during spring and summer, borne directly on trailing stems up to 1.5m long. These stems are filled with water-storing tissue and covered in spines - modified leaves or shoots that are a common evolutionary adaptation in cacti, both as protection from being munched on by thirsty herbivores, and to deflect intense sunlight.
Our golden rat tail cactus only flowers two to three times a year in Flower Dome, so visit it now near the baobabs in celebration of the year of the Golden Rat!
Carefully cultivated in-house by Gardens by the Bay to ensure maximal flower size and show-quality blooms, these dahlia varieties are informally classified as 'dinnerplate dahlias,' with flowers up to 30cm in diameter! That's the size of a dinner plate! Native to Mexico (where Dahlia pinnata is the national flower) through Colombia, the Dahlia genus currently comprises 42 species, all herbaceous tuberous perennials from which hundreds of cultivars have been bred.
In our new Dahlia Dreams - The Heavenly Race display, you'll find over 70 dahlia varieties with different floral forms, such as the pompom, cactus, and waterlily. Come check them out in the Flower Dome, take a selfie for scale with our dinnerplate dahlias, and share it with us!
Like many climbing lianas in the frangipani family (Apocynaceae), they produce follicles: large, dry, woody fruit which split along a single seam, revealing hundreds of seeds, each with a silky, parachute-like, tuft of hairs to catch the breeze and drift far from their parent plant. Our two fruits have been maturing for over a year and one is finally starting to dry and split! We'll save the seeds for propagation, but come find our spectacular planting of herald's trumpet spanning the railings of Meadow Bridge, near the Planet sculpture!