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hodge-podge of delightful miscellany!

Talk about an eclectic mix of fauna. No two experiences are the same, despite looking at the same. That is what is so absolutely delightful about nature's flora.

Spotted this range of fascinating, but rather mixed bag of fauna this morning. Hope you also enjoy this collection as much as I did

First up, is the banana bloom (musa acuminata). Rather than a flower, it looks like, well another fruit? Its known also as the “banana heart”, red & fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. Traditionally used in south-east Asian and Indian cooking, it can also be eaten raw and its chunky, flaky texture makes it an ideal substitute for fish.

Banana flowers, if left on the tree, would blossom into bananas. They grow in groups of flowers called hands and, like bananas, are wonderfully edible. The most delicate parts, the yellowy-white florets, require removal, cleaning, and soaking in acidulated water in order to mitigate some of the bitterness they possess. The intermediary leaves, which are pale pink in color, are also edible, too, and should be soaked as well. Another amazing piece of flora!!

Then I spotted the jambu (syzygium samarangense), or semarang rose apple. Of course neither rose nor apple as we know it. It puffs outwards, with a slight concavity in the middle of the underside of the "bell"with a light sheen to them. Despite its name, a ripe wax apple only resembles an apple on the outside in color. It does not taste like an apple, and it has neither the fragrance nor the density of an apple. Rather like a watermelon in texture. A delight to eat.

Then, I came across the white (thunbergia grandiflora 'alba') version of the blue clockvine or skyvine. I know I have a couple of posts on the carpenter bee visiting the blue clockvine; as well as ants sipping nectar of the same. But the white cousin is a delight to see. And when growing side by side, its certainly a sight to behold.

And next on the list, and certainly not last is the pseudo - mussaenda flava. There is certainly nothing obviously pseudo, false or fake, rather the word was addded likely to distinguish members of Mussaenda from those of Pseudomussaenda. Its yellow star-shaped blooms are surrounded by creamy yellow bracts that resemble leaves.

Another amazing plant, that at first sight looks like it has large yellow flowers. But then on closer examination, its yellow star bloom is surrounded by modified leafs or scale referred to as bracts that are much larger than the true flower - possibly to attract pollinators.

This collection, or hodge podge of plants were simply exciting to watch, observe and simply enjoy. I trust you also enjoyed them, with me!!

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