Creepy CreepersSunday, July 05, 2009
I have not seen these creepers (below) before till I visited the Rose Centre at Cameron Highlands. These three creepers - Jade Vine, Lady Slipper and Passionflower - were creeping all over at certain parts of the garden.
You can even touch it to get a feel of the flowers if you want!
This blue butterfly Jade Vine actually sent a little shiver down my spine due to its greenish blue colour. I like blue flowers but I found this one a little creepy. Morever, they were hanging down above me.
The botanic name of this plant is Strongylodon Macrobotrys and it is native to the tropical forest of the Philippines.
Fortunately this Lady Slipper vine, botanically named Thunbergia Mysorensis and native to India, has nice contrasting colours of yellow and brown.
I was curious about why it is named Lady Slipper (as written on a signboard). Then as I was examining the pendant of flowers, I noticed that the bigger flowers do actually look like a lady's shoe.
Another creeper that I have never seen before is the Passionflower. I learnt that they are found in many countries. To me the flower looks like a big eye that is wide opened and with something popping out through it in the middle. Notice those 'eye lashes' in a circle at the centre? Yucks!
Though this flower has a unique form, I am not drawn to it. Strange looking flower isn't it?
Do you have any of these 'strange looking' creepers in your garden?