Sunday, May 11, 2008

Luak Bay 'Millionaire's Road'

On the way back to Bintulu by the new coastal highway, I was attracted to this group of mussaendas grown as intermediate shrub in the central median along Luak Bay's famous 'millionare road' stretch. Here in Miri the rich and famous have bought and invested ( some speculated) land along the beach to build mansions with huge garden spaces. What is interesting about mussendas are the colourful masses of colours which are actually not flowers. There are but the bracts or false flowers. I suspect the species shown above to be 'Donna Luz', which has a rose -pink hue to its colour. The full name of this plant is Mussaenda philipicca, which is believed to have originated from the Philippines.

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