Abroma mollis (Malvaceae)

Was quite surprised to see this plant in Crystal Cascades, which I presume is Abroma mollis. As with many other plants, this species was previously in the Sterculiaceae (Cacao family) but is now under the Malvaceae (Mallow family). I recognized the very distinctive fruit as I had previously seen a relative, Devils cotton (A. augusta) in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I remember A. augusta to be a lot more robust and having palmate leaves. If I am not wrong, there are only two species of Abroma in the world. This was previously called Abroma fastuosum.

Abroma fastuosa
Abroma fastuosa
Abroma fastuosa

The plant was somewhat vine-like and had Begonia-like leaves, wiz, the leaves had heart-shaped bases. The stems were somewhat prickly. The flowers of this plant was a totally new concept for me. The blossoms were hanging downwards and the petals were hanging loosely. Around the base of the flower were some very intricate frilly-like structures. It reminded me somewhat of a strange passion fruit flower. When ripe the fruit appears to turn upwards. Very exquisite indeed.

Abroma fastuosa

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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