Biku biku – Bhesa paniculata

A common tree of secondary forests and primary swamp forests.  Here it is flowering in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, spectacularly.  The panicles of flowers are eye-catching and no wonder its other name is the Malayan spindle tree.  I wonder if these trees are from the original forest that was the gardens.  Plant family – Centroplacaceae

Bhesa paniculata

Bhesa paniculata

Bhesa paniculata 

Bhesa paniculata

The plant has characteristically long petioles that are swollen (looks like a knee) where it holds the leaf blade.

More about this plant at the following websites

http://florasingapura.com/Bhesa_paniculata.php

http://floraofsingapore.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/bhesa-paniculata/

 

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