Thursday, July 2, 2009

My favourite flower is blooming

Senduduk is blooming madly.... To some, senduduk remains wild and ordinary, but to me senduduk flower is so gorgeous with a touch of light purple petals ... The flowers open so wide almost hanging in the air, staying horizontal and flat.., very ordinary, very special, daring and definitely enticing.....

Lili of Blossom had senduduk featured in depth with her 16th june 2009 post titled Senduduk - the Melastoma affine . She was potraying senduduk with a deeper blue color.

But senduduks in my plot are different.....






The other day, I saw a small senduduk plant close to the tall papaya. I scooped it out, let it settle for a while in small pot. Now the new senduduk is transplanted on the ground to continue the legacy of the mother plant....... I will write something about the little senduduk soon, a wild plant, tamed and domesticated to the second generation!!!


22 comments:

  1. Wow is that a pretty flower. And I like your blog too. Hey come check out my artsy little blog if you'd like.

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  2. I see why you like your senduduk. It's very attractive.

    I wanted to ask you about something. Do you know about Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis)? I thought you'd be the perfect person to ask.

    I've germinated some seeds and have planted them on a trellis.

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  3. That is a lovely flower. Hard to believe it can be considered a weed anywhere.....

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  4. What a pretty flower. But then lots of flowers are considered weeds if they are in the wrong place! I do love the colour! Val

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  5. Beautiful flower. It looks like it would smell nice too, yes?

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  6. My late father used to tell me that the leaves of senduduk can be used to stop bleeding in minor cuts and wounds. Once on a field trip with dad, I had cut my hand and it was bleeding. He plucked off some senduduk leaves, crush them and applied it on the cut to stop the bleeding. I think it was a survival skill he learnt back in the old days. I'm not sure if this has been substantiated by recent research or not.

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  7. Salam Bangchik. I am new here. I love the colour of the senduduk. I found one in my 'half-baked' garden. Now I am hoping for it to grow like yours. One question: How can we propagate it?

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  8. > Lee Beth

    Thanks for the drop.... I visited your blog, it's nice..., very artsy indeed.

    > Prospero

    About Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis), I dont think it really gains popularity here in Malaysia.... The fruits look nice and very juicy.... one of the many vines.

    ~ bangchik

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  9. Bangchik, I saw a nice plant at bukit kiara this morning. Looks like Senduduk. The flowers have not open up yet (purple buds). Senduduk flowers are so fascinating! I wish they are more of these plants everywhere :-)

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  10. Very pretty, it looks so delicate. I love the colour.

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  11. > Kim and Victoria
    > Valeri
    > JGH
    > Joanne

    Thanks for such complimentary remarks on senduduk. The flowers are nice but has not been commercialised, simply because they are so ordinary, can be easily be found almost anywhere. And the flower is not known for its smell..... hmmm... hardly any!

    They will remain as weeds or wild plants for much longer I think...

    ~ bangchik

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  12. I don't care if it's 'ordinary' it is stunning. A beautiful little face and lovely colour x

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  13. > Autumn Belle
    > Umihannie

    Thanks for the drop..... Senduduk has medicinal properties... stop bleeding as mentioned by Belle... We can of course eat the little fruits or berries.... then lips and tongue becomes discoloured, blue black!!... Kids stuff many years ago. Not now...

    Umi... scoop the little senduduk with the root ball and soil, put it in a pot for a couple of weeks, then replant where you want it to be... dont misjudge senduduk because it is wild and hardy!!... propagation is through seeds.

    ~ bangchik

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  14. > Bucolic Bushwick
    > Stephanie
    > Jo
    > Carrie

    Thanks you for liking senduduk flower... What you saw in bt kiara could just be senduduk, but Stephanie, senduduks are everywhere..!!.. Next time you travel look closely at bushy place... at hill slopes.., at the edge of oil palm plantations... by the side of trunk roads ... senduduks are always showy with their purple blooms and delicate color as Jo rightly said.

    When I keep these senduduks in the plot, I am giving senduduk a little bit of recognition. For so long senduduk has been taken for granted. Thank you Carrie for giving senduduk some justice..

    I didnt tell readers this before.... Senduduk has nice branches, very much balanced, left and right. Kids in my days cut the best branch and tie rubber bands and a piece of old leather shoes piece for our lastik or little catapult.

    ~ bangchik

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  15. Aaaah! Such beautiful flower - reminds me of the Purple Orchid Tree Bloom.

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  16. Thanks Bangchik. I must do that when the baby senduduk is older.

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  17. Hi Bangchik, do you call Tibouchina urvilleana (Glory bush) senduduk also?

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  18. > Chandramouli S
    > Umihannie
    > Stephanie

    I dont think anyone around here put senduduk in a vintage position in their gardens.. Senduduk has been tagged WILD.. therefore cant be placed side by side with other exotic flowers like zinnia, celosia and orchids.

    In my garden, senduduks has been tamed, trimmed and pruned... they are behaving well now... haha. I really love their pretty flowers.

    Dont wait too long Umi... longer and larger roots may give problem, and bigger and older senduduk may sulk for a while if shifted. Baby Senduduk may adapt new condition better....

    Steph, I think Tibouchina urvilleana is the first cousin of senduduk. Just compare the leaves and flowers. Too identical!!... So we just call senduduk biru and senduduk biasa. There is senduduk putih, a very rare one!

    ~ bangchik

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