I had gone down to the Science Centre Ecogarden to check out the pigeon orchid plant again one day in May but realised that all the flowers were gone. Well, I told myself that I would have a chance again to smell the fragrance of the flowers, as Mrs Chee, one of our ex-colleagues have suggested.
But I also made another discovery on that occasion, as I noticed an arch with lots of vines. From afar, I saw tiny pink flowers and I had thought that they were bougainvillea, although I asked myself why I had not seen bougainvillea in such beautiful shades and tiny sizes before. Upon my check with Mrs Chee then, I was told that those were Honolulu creepers and the scientific name is Antigonon leptopus. In Mandarin, the name is珊瑚藤 or 朝日藤.
It served to beautify the garden and also attract insects such as wasps and carpenter bees to pollinate the flowers.
If it were you, will you be able to tell it apart from bougainvillea, the plant which could be found easily in Singapore’s garden landscape?