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Friday, July 23, 2010

When Senduduk blooms

still early in the morning
senduduk flower has not opened fully

half opened senduduk flower

senduduk with black ants

senduduk

senduduk

senduduk
side by side

We may not be aware about some flowers open daytime and close up when night falls. They do have reasons I suppose. The daytime flowers are meant for daytime insects.  I have grown petola before, and the flowers prefer nighttime to open up their petals.
Senduduk is a wild plant. The flowers has that wild beauty. They seem to be following their routine religiously,  open fully around 9 am, and close by about 5 pm. Their routine is almost like normal office hours. Worker of the month should go to senduduk no doubt, month after month on being extremely punctual!

I love that soft and yet wild shade of purple..

bangchik

13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bloom, and punctuality is always a good trait.

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  2. Bangchik, you are really amusing. At least you don't need a "punch-card" for this lovely flower! Yes, this flower is a beautiful shade of purple.
    Can we get it from the nurseries?

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  3. Beautiful photos of weeds, i wish i know what a senduluk is!

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  4. I use to call this plant - "Orchid hutan" now i know the real name!
    There are many back in my hometown when i was young!

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  5. Beautiful! Still haven't seen a real senduduk in real life yet.

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  6. Good and nice pictures! Congratulation!

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  7. Hi! Nice to see beauty in nature. No need fertilizer nor water. They just keep blooming. Btw, I believe senduduk is a kind of herb with medicinal values.

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  8. Interesting, I did not know that petola bloom in night. Senduduk flower color is lovely,

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  9. Senduduk used to be wild Bangchik..now u can get them at the nursuries with purple n white flowers n they are smaller versions of their wild sisters!

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  10. We should call this flower the '9-5' flower. It is neat how it is right on time each time. Very pretty purple too.

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  11. rainfield61..it shd be senduduk common name is Singapore Rhododendron specie melastoma malabathricum. try google it.

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  12. Friends, gardeners, bloggers and blotanist. Thanks for your visits and taking time to share your views and thoughts here.

    we may look at a great and successful person, and try to emulate his/her passion, enthusiasm and punctuality. But senduduk has been saying that for ages. We are blinded by the beauty, and forget about the values... haha. As always..

    We call the plant by a slightly different name where I grew up. KEDUDUK. Everybody refers to that plant by keduduk. Senduduk which sounds a little bit feminine is the standard text-book version.

    Whenever a piece of land is cleared, if nothing is done to it, within 6 months, we can see senduduk standing prominently there. Invariably senduduk is the first to grab the soil apart from other smaller weeds and grasses.

    Yes, senduduk is available at the nurseries. If you want to be extra adventurous, just stop the car somewhere, and look around by the roadside. There might be one or two, provided you recognise senduduk seedlings. Dont take home oil palm seedlings, hoping purple flowers will emerge later... haha..

    Cheers, have a great weekend everyone.
    ~bangchik and kakdah

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