My 'Little Bird' Story

Saturday, September 05, 2009

This is a new plant that is quite popular here of late and a number of nurseries have this Little Bird Plant in their stock nowadays. The plant has flowers that take the shape of a 'little bird'. If you observe closely, it does look like a 'little bird' perched among the bracts.


At a wet market, while I was admiring the plant (that was selling for a hefty RM90!), a passer-by asked how long would the flower last. When the retailer said that it will last quite long, he jested, "What if the 'little bird' flies away?"




Upon checking, this plant is also commonly known as Tall Slipper Plant.


Shhh... quiet, else those little birds might fly away :-D

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21 comments

  1. Hi Stephanie,

    I love to drop by to view your plants and informations although I did not know about it. I want to have a knowledge about plants and flowers too. Thanks for sharing!

    by Jenny Eshjey.

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  2. Stephanie, I didn't know of such a plant. It's amazing. I'm so glad you share all this with us...

    http://theurbanbalcony.blogspot.com/

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  3. hach, ich liebe such exciting plants. It looks gorgeous. Unfortunately, such a beautiful exotics do not grow on me. It's just too cold in winter, too bad.

    Love Greetings Dorte

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  4. Steph, another really cool looking plant I've never seen/heard of before...I can understand why it has this nick-name ;)

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  5. What an astonishing plant! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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  6. No joke! At RM90 per plant, that's fairly expensive... But lovely flower indeed, having one at the porch will start off interesting conversation with visitors.... Easy to propagate Steph? ~bangchik

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  7. Wow! It does look like a little bird, which coincidentally is what my name means in Latin ;-) Wish it would thrive in Chicago's climate. You find the coolest, most exotic plants! Cheers!

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  8. Steph, I have never seen such a plant before. The birds are either green or yellow based on your picture. Do they turn colour from green to yellow or there are other colour available? When they are selling at such a high, I bet they will give a catchy name and say that it will bring more wealth. However, I must admit that it is indeed unique and beautiful.

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  9. I love coming here to see plants I've never seen before. It does look like a bird!! What an exotic one too! Thanks Steph...looking forward to your next one!

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  10. Autumn Belle, so far I have seen the plant in two shades. Do you notice pic #1 and #2 have two different colour shade? Yes, the colour of the bird seems to turn yellow. You are right, Chinese believes that when birds fly to your home and make nest, there will be good news and opportunities.

    Bangchik & Kakdah, it does look easy to be propagated :-)

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  11. It is such a cute plant! I guess business jack up the price for rare plant, spend 90 and bring some fortunes home? LOL!

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  12. Wow... so cute!!! RM90 is really expensive... did u plan to buy it?

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  13. Hi Steph. Interesting plant. I have a variegated Pedilanthus tithymaloides plant (also called slipper plant because it has a shoe-like flower).

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  14. I first thought it was a shrimp plant but no, it is certainly a little bird. I have not seen it "yet" around here in the nurseries.

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  15. Debbie, no I didn't buy that.

    Prospero, when you see the shoe, the bird is gone!

    Titania, oh yes it does look like a shrimp too :-)

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  16. It does look like a little bird, that's cute. I've never seen one.
    Brad

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  17. It looked so much like a ZZ plant mixed with another hybrid. ZZ plant is a very slow grower, so I guess thats why its so expensive.

    RM90 is just too much for a plant like this one la..
    Better you get a bunch of orchids, roses and hibicus for RM90 and see them bloom everyday!

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  18. Last time, my house also got that. Now, im wonder where is the pot.... emmmmm...

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  19. Hi Steph,

    Can I check with you on the condition of watering required for this plant? My sister has a pot of it but the leaves are turning yellow. We are trying to find out the problem in order to salvage the plant before it's too late. Thanks.

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  20. JC, the plant don't like a lot of water. During rainy days, the plant will just drop all its leaves. This time round, my plant really look awful. No 'bird' nor leaf at sight. Last tie its leaves and 'birds' re-grew back. I hope it will do the same for me this time round ;-)

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  21. Hi Steph,

    Thanks for the info. Hope my sis's plant can be saved. I have sms-ed her your sharing. Thanks!

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