2014年10月22日

Microchirita sp. in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi province is located in the west coast of southern Thailand, at the shore of Andaman sea. There are solitary limestone peaks, both on the land and in the sea. Krabi is a famous tour destination now.

I was there for a short vacation in October and I visited an inland area which is famous for its karst landscape. I am sure I can meet some Gesneriad plants in such habitat. In fact I just followed the paved path to look around the area and it's easy to find special plants along the path as this place still remains natural view although it's a tourist spot. Soon I saw a lot of purple flowers on the ground while I walked further. The flowers belong to Microchirita, but I can't tell the species name.

There are so many purple flowers as this Microchirita seems it has seized this place for a long time. It grows well no matter under full sunlight or under shaded place. I presume that I'm lucky as I can always see lovely plants during my journey. And it is indeed a beautiful encounter with this Microchirita in Krabi !





2014年10月10日

Some Achimenes

The current temperature and the light are just right !!!
Expecting more colorful flowers !!!

Achimenes "Belinda"

Achimenes "Dot"

Achimenes NOID

Achimenes "Yellow Beauty"




2014年10月4日

always hard to please all

We had the hottest September which was 2 degrees Celsius above the former highest record. I failed to grow Smithiantha under such condition but my Achimenes unexpectedly thrive. Recently the monsoon brings cooler air from the north, it helps the Achimenes to save the energy. Due to the season change, there is enough time for the Achimenes to develop the qualified flowers and then bloom smoothly. I think my flowering season of Achimenes is starting. :-)






2014年9月30日

Achimenes Ambroise Verschafein

The Achimenes plants from rhizome are not yet in bloom, this blooming Achimenes is from the cutting. I found that it takes short time (around 2.5 months per my experience) to see the flowers when I grow Achimenes from the cuttings. The pink flower is Achimenes "Dot" from cuttings as well.



2014年9月27日

Aeschynanthus tricolor in situ

I met Aeschynanthus tricolor hanging freely on the tree at the riverside when I was at Poring Hot Spring in this August. This tourist spot is located at Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia. The entrance cost is 3RM for Malaysian and 15RM for foreigner visitors. I directly spoke in Bahasa Melayu to the ticket seller, asked for 3 tickects and he just wanted me to pay 3RM / each. :) How friendly he is !!! Anyway, I also grows Aeschynanthus tricolor over 2 years and it only blooms in early spring in Taiwan. But it seems that it blooms all year around in its habitat. Please refer to my previous post HERE for the flower closeup.





2014年9月21日

Peloric flower of Sinn. speciosa

This is an example showing the peloric form of Sinningia speciosa includes upright and slipper type flower. In the photos show both peloric forms happen at the same plant.



2014年9月11日

Season change

A famous phrase of Chinese literature vividly describes the season change by observing the nature, the rough translation could be "When spring warms the flow, ducks are the first to know". Now I copy this concept and say "When the autumn cools the air, the CATs are the first to know". CAT (in Chinese) is the nickname of Kohleria that we call it in Taiwan. :-) Yes, last weekend I noticed the rhizome of Kohleria started to sprout. Good to breathe the air of autumn !

Kohleria D's Jewel Case x D's Floral Dress