Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ribbon Plant

What we Cantonese call the Koon Yam Chuk (观音竹), is also known as the Ribbon Plant or Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana). It is extremely common in Singapore. Many people plant it in pots in their gardens and along the corridors of our HDB flats. Because it can also grow in water, many office workers like to plant them in vases on their tables. Some Chinese also buy the stalks from the wet market and place them at their family alters. Tropical fish enthusiasts plant them in their tanks to help remove fish wastes from the water.

But I wonder how many of us know that this plant also bears flowers. I certainly did not, and thus was pleasantly surprised to see some blooming in our garden not longer ago. I took some photos and share them with you here.

Guanyin bamboo (11)

Guanyin bamboo (1)

Guanyin bamboo (4)


Francis Ho said...

Thanks for sharing this (as with lots n lots of other previous gems) with us!

Anonymous said...


Luck is on your way!

Seriously, I only see it like one other time. It seems that they only flowered like once every... i do not know how many years.

Anonymous said...

Luck? Which type? Last nite found 10 cts in car park. Last week got booked by traffic police. Supposed to be careful driver some more. Sigh.

Unknown said...

Nice to see the flowers blooming in your garden Chun See. In fact, NParks is looking for gardening bloggers and you may want to check out their blogs. Can visit NParks website for the link.

Hope that things are going on swimmingly for you and your family.

Victor said...

Last week got booked by traffic police.

Everyone has their turn lah. So how many lunches at Gillman camp can the fine for this one buy? Haha.

Anonymous said...

Yes I learned about Nparks "Garden Voices" website from Rambling Librarian. In fact just added it to my Links list. And I have also emailed them my article. No response yet.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. I think your mom was correct in naming the moss rose "nine o'clock flower." If you recall - Singapore moved its clocks half an hour ahead in the early 1980s (1982, I believe), when West Malaysia adjusted its clocks ahead to match the time in East Malaysia. So technically speaking, yes. Your mom was quite right. The moss rose DID bloom close to 9am!