Bhut Jolokia

The legendary 'Ghost Chili' from Assam India.  So hot that you will be in pain for hours if you get the juice onto your hands. 

Somebody gave one of these to my mother many years ago and i remembered putting one slice into soy sauce and the soy sauce became so hot i could not handle it. 

Thanks to Jason for giving this pod to me.  Such a beautiful pod with three colors - and so deadly.  I will try to germinate the seeds.

Interesting Flower of Typhonium trilobatum

This is the second time i see this strange flower in my backyard.  I used to pull out this plant when i see it in the garden cos i thought it was some useless weed.  Nowadays i let it grow and hopefully i can see the flower again.

The flower has a pungent 'cat poop' smell and is probably meant to attract some kind of flies.  However i did not see any flies hovering around the flower this morning.  it is also not long lasting cos when i got back from work at around 6.30 pm the flower had withered, turning soft and brown.

After checking through google i found that this plant is probably Typhonium trilobatum or some related species  (马蹄犁头尖 in mandarin).  
This is the picture of the flower this morning:

This is how the leaf looks like:


White Torch Ginger Etlingera elatior

The flowers of Etlingera elatior are usually pink or red in color but this is the albino form which has pure white flowers.  The flowers are extremely beautiful and brightens up the ground below the huge leaves. 

Two weeks ago                                                          

Last week

This morning

Aji Orchid chili

I thought i'd lost this chili when i tried to take out some seeds from the fridge and tried to germinate them - none germinated.  So i frantically took out all the boxes of seeds and to my horror i found that there is only one box labelled 'SB' (my code for this chili cos at first i thought it is scotch bonnet): that's the one with the unseccessful seeds.  There was a box without any labels but somehow i had a feeling that the seeds look like aji's so i tried them.  When the flowers bloomed i was very sure i got the right one cos the flowers were big and the petals had a large green patch in the middle.  Now i'm waiting for them to ripen so i can harvest some seeds for next year.