Category: A Select Vietnamese flora


So, here are the final four wonderful pictures taken by my friend Jen over in Vietnam.

First, a plant with a common name of ‘Canonball Tree’ due to its large rounded fruits (and its flower buds also rather resemble Brussel Sprouts!). Couroupita guianensis, as its name suggests, was originally native to South America.

Couroupita guianensis

Couroupita guianensis

Second, one of the range of River Lilies  Crinum. I think this one might be the ‘giant Spider Lily’ Crinum x amabile, which can grow to 6 feet tall in the right conditions.

Crinum x amabile

Crinum x amabile

‘Folded and floating’ is how Jen describes these amazing Lotus flowers…

lotusFinally, this one caused me a lot of searching (including via our postman’s Vietnamese friend!), but I’m pretty sure its the ‘Cockspur Coral Tree’ or Erythrina crista-galli (the latter means ‘cock’s comb’). A native of South America it is also the national tree and flower of Argentina. The picture shows the dramatic terminal raceme of flowers, in this case not yet open.

viet5

Erythrina crista-galli

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this mini series; I have certainly found it fascinating trying to track the plants down! Thanks once more to my friend Jen.

Old School Gardener

I’ve surprised myself. I think I’ve managed to track down the six remaining plant pictures my friend Jen sent me from Vietnam. So here’s the next three wonderful pictures in this ‘select flora’…

First the evergreen shrub, Ixora coccinea or the ‘Jungle Geranium’ or ‘Flame of the Woods’.

Ixora coccinea

Ixora coccinea

Second, the national flower of Laos, the Champon flower, or Plumeria rubra. This fragrant relative of Oleander is also known as ‘Frangipani’.

Plumeria rubra

Plumeria rubra

Finally, a rather spiky Euphorbia originally from Madagascar, named after a former Governor of the Island of Reunion  (Baron Milius) who introduced it to France in 1821, Euphorbia milii, or the ‘Crown of Thorns’.

Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia milii

My final three plants in a few days time…

Old School Gardener

Euphorbia milii

Friends Jen and Dave are having a great time in Vietnam, and Jen has been ‘plant spotting’. She’s sent me some exotic specimens to name and this began with a bit of a mystery. The picture below appears to show a sign with some plant names on it in English.

image2Jen assumed this related to the plant picture below, but was puzzled at the (misspelled) reference to Thuinbergia, so I set out to investigate further…

image1

Strongylodon macrobotrys

Jen mentioned that the plant and sign in question were at a monastery in De Lat, which helped me to search online. Here I found a picture of the same plant, but with its correct names of Jade Vine (sometimes also called Tigers’ Teeth); a native of the Philippines, but there are examples in the UK at Cambridge Botanic Garden, Kew and the Eden Project. Interestingly it’s propagated by bats! The botanical name is Strongylodon macrobotrys; and so, not a hint of Thunbergia!

Well, it turns out that another plant nearby (see below), apparently popular in De Lat, is Thunbergia mysorensis (again ‘lost in translation’ on the sign) or its common name of Mysore Trumpet Vine. So, a case of poor sign placement (it looks like its been strapped to a pillar after being in the ground), as well as incorrect botany (incidentally Thunbergia are part of the Acanthaceae family, so that might explain that bit of the sign- but once more, misspelled!).

Thunbergia mysorensis

Thunbergia mysorensis

Another of Jen’s pictures is of the Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior), a plant used in cooking (especially fresh fish).

Etlingera elatior

Etlingera elatior

I’m still working on identifying the other six plants Jen sent me, but will hopefully crack the mystery in the next few days…look out for further episodes of a Select Vietnamese Flora!

Old School Gardener

 

pbmGarden

Sense of place, purpose, rejuvenation and joy

SISSINGHURST GARDEN

Notes from the Gardeners...

Deep Green Permaculture

Connecting People to Nature, Empowering People to Live Sustainably

BloominBootiful

A girl and her garden :)

gwenniesworld

ABOUT MY GARDEN, MY TRAVELS AND ART

Salt of Portugal

all that is glorious about Portugal

The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl

Cooking, gardening, fishing, living, laughing.

aristonorganic

"The Best of the Best"

PetalPushin

Thoughts from a professional Petal Pusher

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

An idea exchange for kids' education

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

Wild Plants & Animals Advocate

Focused Moments

Photography by RACHAEL TALIBART

Lightning Droplets

Little flecks of inspiration and creativity

crabandfish garden

This WordPress.com site is our garden, cats, chickens and travel musings

breathofgreenair

mindfulness, relaxation, thought provoking images and poems

Vastrap Farm

My new life as a farm wife

C.B. Wentworth

Just following my muse . . .

~ Goat Track Photography ~

Ian G. Fraser, Brisbane, Australia

%d bloggers like this: