The plant I am going to blog and brag about is full of LOVE. Yes, every leaf, every flower, every petal and even the seed pods are heart-shaped and love-shaped! This plant is full of LIFE, LOVE and PEACE. See the peace sign shaped tiny little tendril in the picture above?
If you look at their many common names later in my post, soon you'll see what I mean.
Just to let you know, all the pictures here were taken from a vacant plot of land by the roadside.
A typical scene by the roadside of suburban Malaysia. The vegetation is papaya, tapioca, mimosa and lalang (Imperata cylindrica) grass. The white and pink dots are the coral vine flowers, the same type of vine that I am now growing in my home garden. I purchased my coral vine plant from a local nursery. My plant is not as luscious nor beautiful as this one. Here it is blooming profusely in two varieties of pink and white flowers. Nobody cares, nobody wants them but they are happy as can be, so rich in nectar, a magnet for the butterflies, wasps, birds and honey bees.
These wildflowers are food for wildlife; the beneficial bugs and the pollinators, many of which are being exterminated because they are not welcomed in agricultural food farms and even home gardens.
In Mexico, the plant is called "Cadena de Amor" meaning Chain of Love in Spanish.
In Indonesian and Malay language, it is known as "Air Mata Pengantin" meaning "Bride's Tears"
Botanically classified under Polynaceae, it shares the same family with buckwheat and daun kesum or laksa leaves.
Their leaves are food for caterpillars, their flowers contain nectar for butterflies and bees and their seeds feed the birds, racoons and other small animals. Their tuberous roots are strong enough to resprout after being cut-back for winter.
I have posted about this plant in my Penang Butterfly Farm Post - "Love on the Butterfly Swing" here. Over there at the farm, the coral vines were used to attract the most beautiful butterflies.
“Chain of Love and Bride's Tears for Wildflower Wednesday”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on Wednesday, 23rd Nov 2011.
|Can you see the honey bee?|
Here it is, a Mexican beauty which was brought to our Malaysian shores a very long time ago. Now it is very much at home here in our equatorial climate of year round sunshine and plenty of rainfall. It has adapted well like any local born and bred.
Seed pods are produced in clusters and they turn from green to brown when ripe. The seeds are dispersed by birds and other animals which feed on the them. They can also be carried away by water to new locations.
Note: It is listed as a Category II invasive exotic by Florida's pest plant council (Reference: Wikipedia)
My questions to you:
a) Will you grow this wildflower in your garden?
b) What was the name given to the Hawaiian islands in 1770 by Captain James Cook?
c) Which is the common name you like best?
To all my USA friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
This is my entry for Wildflower Wednesday hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone. Do hop over there for A Thanksgiving Weeklong Celebration.