Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia gummi-gutta)

All my life, I’ve seen a number of unusual flowers and fruit, but growing up in Singapore, you kind of get used to the general type of strange the island nurtures. This time though, the bright orange, pumpkin-like fruits peppering this tree’s branches intrigued me. Obviously I wasn’t tall enough to get close (not that…

Oaks (Quercus sp.)

The continuum of time numbs our senses, one season flowing into the next. It would happen on occasion that I’d suddenly look down one day to find the first buds bursting forth from bare branches, just freshly thawed after the season’s snows, or glanced up to find that the trees were looking a lot more…

Eastern Redbud and Whitebud (Cercis canadensis)

Creativity isn’t always the botanist’s strong suit- doesn’t take much to guess why the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) and eastern whitebud (Cercis canadensis var. alba) were so named. They’re very popular ornamental trees on the east coast of the United States, where their cute little buds and flowers emerge in the spring, growing directly on…

Sweet Leaf (Sauropus androgynus)

I was on the tail of a butterfly for a photo, but it flew away, and now I’m sad that I can’t remember what it looks like in sufficiently explicit detail to identify it. On the bright side, I did end up finding a couple of these growing amongst the rusted rails, which were a…