Cycad

More popular than hibiscus, more striking are cycads in Okinawa.

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Why do the Japanese love it so much?
http://botanyboy.org/cycas-revoluta-in-japan/

Emperor Akihito planted a pair of King sago palms at the Japanese garden in Jurong when he visited Singapore as Crown Prince in 1970. They represent our friendship strong and steadfast. He said.

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Cycads use pollen in reproduction which can explain how prolific they are in Daisekirinzan 大石林.

Cycad revoluta is native to Okinawa. Used as part of a garden landscape. Be careful that the leaves are toxic and sharp. But surprisingly sago is made from King Sago palm. Wikipedia has a short writeup on a hypothesis that some bacteria found in the roots make their way into the human body and cause of some neurological disease. Although no evidence is cited, I am steering clear of sago flour.

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Majestic.

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In Singapore, cycad are prone to be eaten by the cycad blue butterfly, indigenous to Australia. It doesnt seem to be a nuisance in Okinawa. Wisdom here on controlling what flora and fauna you allow into the country.
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/wiki/Cycad_Blue_Butterfly

Cycad fossils date back to 280 million years ago and commonly thought to be around when dinosaurs roam the earth.

A very good writeup if you are considering cycad for your garden. Also known as King Sago Palm. https://dengarden.com/landscaping/sago-palm-cycas-revoluta

Source: https://christophereppig.wordpress.com/tag/cycad/

Grown as a bonsai
https://www.bonsaioutlet.com/sago-palm-bonsai-care/

Propagating a cycad:
https://gardenerspath.com/plants/ornamentals/grow-sago-palm/

Okinawa flora

Okinawa flora is subtropical. Because land is abundant outside of the main city, most people grow tropical plants in their front porch.

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Callicarpa Japonica Var Luxurians, bloom in Oct to Dec. Seen at the Daisekirinzan stone park 大石林.

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Japanese Silver Leaf seen at Shuri castle and almost everywhere.

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Gebashi Mangrove in Higashi. It is opposite the eating place where we have our dinner.

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Cycad at Shuri castle.

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Cycad at Daisekirinzan 大石林

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Banyan tree at Daisekirinzan 大石林

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Hibiscus

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Pineapple, sugar cane and bittergourd patches almost everywhere in the north. Its a farming community with small plots.

Walk in the Park: Chinese Garden at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay South will officially open on 29 June 2012!! Can’t wait.  L will surely dare me to walk on the sky bridge.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Chinese Garden at GB!

前人种树,后人乘凉

Future generations enjoy the shade of trees planted by earlier generations

十年树木,百年树人

Ten years to grow a tree, hundred years to grow a character

Tribute to the Chinese staple: Padi field and Buffalo

Longest bridge in the world?

Ubiquitous Rock Garden - looks like the Chang-er rabbit in the moon?

Spot the owl

Dracena Draco - Dragon Tree and cycad

Buddha under the Bodhi Tree - not sure if it was actually under the Indian Garden collection