monkey cups

genus: nepenthes common names: tropical pitcher plants, monkey cups (refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants!) An awe-inspiring plant… A tendril extends from the midrib of the sword-shaped leaf and at the end of the tendril the pitcher forms. The pitcher starts as a small bud and gradually…

nocturnal fragrance

The fragrance of Tonkin Jasmine (Telosma Cordata, Pakalana Vine, Tonkinese Creeper, Chinese Violet) is one that will stop you at your track and make you look for the source as it is rich and heavy yet wonderfully pleasant. Although the Chinese name of Tonkin Jasmine/夜来香 literally means “when night falls comes the fragrance”, the heavenly…

shall we dance?

The Oncidium orchids are referred to as the dancing ladies because of their flared lips that look like flounced dancing gowns. How beautiful they are when they dance gracefully in the wind in their yellow skirt… Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… — Susan Polis Schutz, American poet Dance…