Sea Hibiscus (Hibiscus Tiliaceus)

ITS–The Sea Hibiscus commonly grows along the coastal regions of tropical countries. Some claim that this tree is an endemic plant to the Malay Archipelago. The Sea Hibiscus’ botanical name is Hibiscus tiliaceus (L.), and it belongs to the Malvaceae family. The tree can reach a height of 5-15 m, and we can generally find […]

Rose Of India (Lagerstroemia Speciosa)

ITS–The Rose of India is a large tree that is found through tropical countries. It is frequently planted as an ornamental tree along the streets in the city. The flowers are purple, pink, and a palered with curly sepals. As a result of the beauty of the flowers, this plant is often cultivated ingardens or […]

Jungle Geranium (Ixora Coccinea)

ITS–Another name for this plant is “ixora”. In Indonesian the jungle geranium is called “kembang soka” or “soka merah”. This plant is abundant and grows easily in Indonesia and other tropical countries. The erect shrub may reach a height of 1-3 meters. The jungle geranium’s scientific name is Ixoracoccinea (L.), and it belongs to the […]

Fragifani (Plumeria Acuminata)

ITS– The Fragifani is a small ornamental tree, native to the tropical countries of America. In Bali, Indonesia, this plant is very popularly used as a dancer’s accessory. The dancers put the flower behind their ears, while the people of Bali often incorporate this fragrant flower into many ritual ceremonies. The botanical name for this species […]

Sun Flower (Helianthus Annuus)

ITS–The sunflower (Helianthus annuus), called bunga matahari (literally meaning “sunflower”) in the Indonesian language, is thus named because it is round like the sun and often faces the sun while blooming. The sunflower is native to North American countries but today has widely spread throughout the whole world. Almost every gardener or florist knows this […]

Kenanga (Canangium Odoratum)

ITS–The Canangium odoratum, called Kenanga in the Indonesian language, is a familiar species to Indonesians principally because of the fragrance of its flowers. The plant is widely spread across thearchipelago. It grows about ten to 40 meters high. The leaves are dark green and oval or elliptic in shape with an undulating margin. The leaves […]

Champak (Michelia Champaka)

ITS–The scientific name for this species is Michelia champaka. The Champak flower belongs to the family of Magnoliaceae. There are two varieties of this species: the Golden Yellow and the Pure White Champak. The Pure White Champak alone has two sub-varieties, one with smaller flowers. The Indonesians call this flower “bunga cempaka” and commonly use […]

Larat Orchid (Dendrobium Phalaenopsis)

ITS–The Larat Orchid, one of the most beautiful orchids, has been well known to florists for a long time. The Larat Orchid is native to the Larat Island, Tanimbar Islands, and also Papua, Indonesia. The botanical name of the plant is Dendrobium phalaenopsis, and it belongs to the orchid family, Orchidaceae. The Indonesian people call […]

Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum Praestans)

ITS–The beautiful Slipper Orchid is annative plant to Papua, Indonesia. This plant is naturally found inmountainous rain forests at an altitude of some 1,500 meters. Generally it grows in the soil ravines with the thick humus. The slipper orchid’s scientific name is Paphiopedilum praestans, and it belongs to the orchid family, Orchidaceae. The people of […]

Tiger Orchid (Vanda Tricolor)

ITS–This fascinating ornamental orchid is very familiar to the people in its native habitat on the islands Java and Bali. This plant is commonly cultivated by florists in Indonesia. People call this orchid “anggrek pandan” or “anggrek macan” (“tiger orchid”). The Vanda Orchid’s botanical name is Vanda Tricolor, and it belongs to the orchid family, […]