Sunday, March 3, 2013

(Breadflower) Vallaris glabra

This woody climber, native to Java, Indonesia, is popular in other parts of Southeast Asia for its clusters of fragrant white flowers. The plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

The flower is large, white cup shape and have 5 pointed, slightly overlapping. This plant is moderately growth woody climber with clusters of fragrant white flowers.

The smell reminds one of rice crusts and this is evident impart of the Malay name, Kerak nasi, which means that.

The flowers are often used in spa treatments or in the potpourri used at traditional Malay weddings.
(Breadflower) Vallaris glabra

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