“Wild Flowers Outside My House” is the Sixth of my picture poster books and it’s about the wild flowers growing in my neighbourhood at Holland Grove Park. At the begining of 2020 when I first decided to scout around the neighbourhood for wild flowers, I spotted and photographed 10 varieties witihin thirty minutes on the first morning. This number went up sloswly and by the third week I spotted and photographed 28 varieties. Most of the flowers are so tiny that you have to keep looking carefully at the ground to spot them. Some days you don’t see them as they are not flowering. Then a few days later, they appear where no flowers were seen a few days before! I published my humble 40-page book thinking that I have covered sufficient ground with the “discovery” of 28 varieties, until in June 2020, I found my 29th wild flower growing at my back fencing!
On July 2nd 2020, I posted on FaceBook this discovery and I was estatic! The 29th Wild flower found-in my neighbourhood! Yesss! Right in my back fencing! And it’s beautiful too!
That early afternoon, I was clearing my back fence when I spotted this unfamiliar creeper with strange white and red looking flowers!
Paederia foetida is a species of plant, with common names that are variations of skunkvine, stinkvine, or Chinese fever vine. (known also as Daun Kentut, Kasembukan and Kantutai colloquially.)
Skunk vine is a fast-growing, slender, perennial, climbing plant producing stems 1.5 – 7 metres long that twine into other plants for support. A popular medicinal plant in the Orient, where it is commonly gathered from the wild and is sold as a medicinal herb in local markets. It is also often grown as an ornamental. The plant has escaped from cultivation and become naturalised in many areas. This plant can be found flowering and fruiting throughout the year in tropical and subtropical conditions; in other localities, it flowers during the rainy season, and fruits early in the dry season.
Individual flowers are short-lived, open early in the morning and fall off after 2 days; entire inflorescences, however, bear flowers for a long period of time.
The seeds may be dispersed by birds and the plant is also spread by the transport of rooted fragments.The leaves are widely used in Asia and South-East Asia, where they are especially valued for treating digestive problems.
I am still on the look out for more varieties of wild flowers in the neighbourhood, but it does get more difficult after having found so many!