Monday, February 21, 2011

Sentosa Flower Show Part 6- Heritage Tree

Besides viewing the flower show, there are many other things to see on Sentosa Island. As I was walking towards Carrot Land, I saw many heritage trees but did not take photo of them all. Some are just too tall.

Trail to carrot land (coming up in another post.)

A wishing tree for the Year of the rabbit.

A strange dragon fountain sitting quietly at a corner as I walked past it.

A flower in bloom

It looked like a kind of trumpet flower but am not sure.

1 comment:

Pat said...

<< looked like a kind of trumpet flower but am not sure. >>

The large cream-coloured flowers are called Solandra longiflora (Trumpet Plant, Chalice Vine). The flowers are fragrant (esp. at night), & mature from cream to yellow with age. The plant can be grown as a shrub or trained as a climber, & belongs to the Solanaceae family, which also contains familiar crop plants like Potato & Brinjal. However, Solandra species are highly toxic, as are many non-edible members of the said family.

There is a related species that looks very similar -- Solandra grandiflora. The most obvious difference is that the calyx (narrow basal tube) of the flower is covered by a leafy sheath, whereas for Solandra longiflora, the flower calyx is exposed -- as shown in your photos. Here are some photos for reference: Solandra longiflora (NatureLoveYou), Solandra longiflora (WikiSpecies, Univ. of Massachusetts)

Thanks for posting so many photos of the Sentosa Flowers 2011 show, such that I get to "see" the show even though I wasn't there. I wonder how much effort went into keeping the flowers looking good under all that heavy rain during the run-up & earlier part of the show week.