A weed is not a weed when it is desired and treasured. We noticed pokok letup, climbing up a fence one day while jogging early in the morning. The fruits were hairy and felt oily. The flowers were majestic. Many houses round here are still empty, and the vine was climbing up on the fence of one empty house. We waited until the fruit turned yellow and picked, .... Alas, I didn't bring along Nikon to snap the beautiful passionflowers.
Pokok letup is my childhood delight. Modern life somehow cut off far too many childhood pages. Forests are bulldozed to make way for development. Vines endemic to Malaysia are hard to find. Everyone seem to be pulling out weeds, but today I am taking a weed home. I hope they will germinate and grow here with beautiful flowers and fruits.
|Ripe passionflower fruits/ buah letup yang masak|
|Passionflower fruits: the inside|
|Seeds from two dry fruits|
Taking a weed home is my way of celebrating Earth Day.
bangchik and kakdah
Taman Kota Harmoni, Tanah Merah, Malaysia.