A Different Garden – Sabah Trip #2

March 6, 2015 at 11:58 am | Posted in itchy backside | 1 Comment
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On our first morning at Kota Kinabalu National Park, we visited the Botanical Garden. Apart from the RM15 entrance fee (for foreigners 18 years and above) at the Park HQ, there is an extra RM3 for visiting the Botanical Garden…

Path leading to the ticketing booth. Was surprised to see so many other trails accessible from the way to the Garden

Itchyfingers were even more surprised to find that their Botanical Garden seemed to be amongst nature…more like a forest botanic garden, which is not too manicured.

But the paths were well maintained and easy to walk

There were many orchids, with only some labelled. According to the sign, there are 102 endemic species of orchids in Kinabalu Park! Wow!

Bulbophyllum lobbii. The distribution range is between 800 – 1,800 metres in altitude

Close up of Bulbophyllum lobbii. Orchid flowers are differentiated from those of other flowering plants by having one petal modified to form an elongated lip, or labellum

Coelogyne hirtella

A high percentage of orchids are epiphytes, using other plants for support. But they do not obtain nourishment directly from the host, unlike parasitic plants. The “bulbs” at the base of the leaves of some species are the orchid’s storehouse of nutrients, thus orchid plants do not require soil to grow

Tiny unknown orchid species

Rhododendron crassifolium. Best developed in cool and moist condition, they are most common on the mountain from 1,200 to 3,000 metres. There are about 900 species worldwide and Borneo is the second richest island in South-east Asia to have about 50 species described

This Ficus tarennifolia is endemic to Kinabalu Park, with a distribution range of 500-3,000 metres

This is a common tree found in the Garden, the Pink Maiden (Medinilla speciosa)

Bright pink inflorescence that on one can miss!

These turned into pink fruits

Young fruits are pink in color and turn into dark blue when ripe. These are edible with sweet taste

Forgot the name of this, but these were in abundance in the Kinabalu Park too

Looked like a pair of Angel’s Wings! :D


Did someone dot the rim of this leaf with water droplet? :D


Mushrooms! Always happy to find them!

Quite small for a Botanical Garden, but if you look carefully, you would still be able to discover some gems here. Pity there weren’t any pitcher plants around. A nice warm up for the day and we might come back to explore the other trails around the Garden if we have some time later.

Also see related posts:
> So Near Yet So Far- Sabah Trip #1
Goodbye Mandai Orchid Garden

Dance Dance Dragon

February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers paid a visit to the yearly Sentosa Flower Festival during Chinese New Year. Somehow we didn’t find this year’s flower variety exciting…many of them were the same kind…Last year, there were flower displays of the 12 zodiac animals (which we didn’t write about!). This year is the Dragon Year, so we were expecting to see a lot of majestic flower arrangements of the Dragon. There were a number of them, but not all were nice. I thought they didn’t make use of the space to make something really spectacular…

A pair of golden dragon next to the ugly elephant look-alike logo…hahah
The expression looked very comical…heee. Quite cute actually…

Purple and red ones…

The pink lady with the elephant logo… :p

Flower polka-dot Dragon…This one was the backdrop for photo taking…
Itchyfingers also joined in the queue as it was surprisingly short…

Cute purplish flowers…I wish I know the name…

They were small and very sweet looking…

Couldn’t help but posed in front of the flower dinosaurs with their long
distance cousin, Longan, the 
Baby Dragon that Itchyfingers made. Yes, he
is that tiny!

By the way, Longan has found a lovely home! :D

Also see related posts:
> Colours of Spring – Sentosa Flowers 2009
> This is Where the Flowers Have Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #2
> Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #1 


A Visit to the Hospital

December 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Posted in itchy backside | 2 Comments
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No, Itchyfingers didn’t visit the hospital for checkups, but we were there to visit some friends, or rather, some friends from nature. :p We have long heard that Alexandra Hospital has a garden with lotsa butterflies, but never visited it until some time ago. :p

ou would have thought this is one of our parks right? :p

The Alexandra Hospital Butterfly Trail has many host plants that butterflies
love, thus making it a haven for these creatures. For butterflies lovers, this
is also heaven for them!

There are also many medicinal plants in the garden, inspired by Dr Wee’s

Oooo….I can’t wait to see a snake…hahah…
:D Most snakes in Singapore
are non-venomous, so we shouldn’t be too alarm when we see them, especially
if we leave them alone, they will also leave us alone

There are indeed quite a few species of butterflies fluttering their wings among
the many plants. This is the
Centaur Oakblue (Arhopala centaurus nakula)
银链嬈灰蝶. The wing looked a bit damaged, otherwise it should look more
this. This individual was among the most cooperative ones to stay so
still to allow me to go so near to photograph

Many of the other butterflies were not so cooperative and gotta say that I din expect there to have so many mossies around…hahah…din bring any repellent, so I was also a bit impatient to wait for better opportunities to shoot. :(

A record shot of the Dark Band Brown Bush (Mycalesis mineus) 小眉眼蝶

A little pond with kois

Just behind the pond there is this photographic butterfly information panel.
These are the many different butterflies that were found here at the hospital!
All photos courtesy of Butterfly Pals and Butterfly Circle

Each of these shows the Latin as well as common name of the butterfly
species and its host plant. So if you can recognise the host plant, chances
of finding the butterflies are higher…hmmm….Itchyfingers must really go
and study plants…By the way, I saw this Common Mormon but was unable
to shoot its picture…what a waste!

Then I saw this! The Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) 裳凤蝶!
It was a long time ago since I last saw this beautiful butterfly, one of the
biggest in Singapore, with forewings length of 85mm

t says the host plant is Aristolochia tagala

But I found my Birdwing flirting and collecting nectar from these flowers.
Must go and find out the name of this flower… (Thanks to Khew from Butterfly
Circle, now I know this flower is called Bauhinia kockiana)

A nice infomative sign on the metamorphosis of butterfly was unfortunately
partially covered by overgrown plants…

Life cycle of the Autumn Leaf butterfly

Around three weeks later, a beautiful butterfly will emerge. Different species
of butterflies will take different time to transform from egg to adult

The name of this plant is so strange! It’s called Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
(Brunfelsia pauciflora/calycina)
. It was only when I did a search that I
found that it is so called because at one time there will be white, lavender
and purple blooms on the same plant. Too bad I only took the purple flower

Besides plants and butterflies, there were also many birds spotted…

Similarly, photographs of birds spotted at the hospital were displayed here

My history knowledge is not the best, so it is good to read and know more

It was a short visit at the Alexandra Hospital as it started to drizzle very soon. But it was great to know that there is another good and easily accessible place to look for some good photo opportunities, as Itchyfingers will continue in our next post! :D

Also see related posts:
> Mystery of a Moth Caterpillar
> When the Hunters Became the Hunted – Hunters & Collectors
> Seeing Double
> Snake Tales

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