Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trip Report: Plants along the streets of Jakarta

Yesterday I went for a walk.  Along the way I took a lot of pictures of plants growing along the sidewalk.  Jakarta is not a particularly pretty place, but there are some neat tropical plants growing wherever they can take hold.  For purposes of this blog, I'll be showing you those pictures.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Polyathia longifolia in front of a nice house in Jakarta"]polyathia

One of the more common trees here in Jakarta is the Polyathia longifolia, which is usually growing tall and skinny like an Italian cypress tree. It has long shiny leaves with undulate margins (wavy edges).

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Leaves of Polyathia longifolia"]polyathia_leaves

Some of my favorite plants (Aglaonema, Dieffenbachia, and Calathea) are growing everywhere here.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Calathea"]dark_calathea

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Calathea"]silver_calathea

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="A pot full of Dieffenbachia"]crowded_dieffenbachia

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Really large Dieffenbachia"]giant_dieffenbachia

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Aglaonema, maybe"]aglaonema

There are also lots of colorful flowering plants around: Bougainvillea, Plumeria, Heliconia, Canna and things I have never seen before.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Some sort of Acanthaceae, possibly Crossandra"]acanthaceae

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solandra"]solanum

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Heliconia"]heliconia

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Do you know what this is? (Update: mr_subjunctive and peaches identified this as Clerodendron thomsoniae)"]neat_flowers

There were some other nice Aroids (besides the Dieffenbachia and Aglaonema) growing here and there...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="An aroid climbing a tree. Perhaps Epipremnum or Rhaphidophora."]climbing_aroid

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Homalomena"]homalomena

There are Sansevieria growing everywhere. I noticed one in particular that was in bloom.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Sansevieria in bloom"]sansevieria

When I finished my leisurely walk, I came back to the hotel, where is some more formal landscaping out front.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Agave in front of the hotel"]hotel_cacti

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Adenium (foreground) and Cycad (back right) in garden at hotel entrance"]hotel_garden

My walk took me to a park about a mile away from the hotel.  I'll post pictures from there in a separate post.  Stay tuned!


  1. Beautiful photos of the plants! Enjoy your remaining time!

  2. Last week I made a trip from south GA to a north FL garden center and was thrilled by the new plants I saw. I don't know if there are words to describe how I'd feel if I had your travel adventure. Thanks for sharing!

    Your mystery plant looks like Clerodendron thomsoniae to me. Some good pics here:
    The Acanthaceae with the golden yellow flowers may be a Crossandra infundibuliformis cv.

  3. The unknown plant with the white bracts and red flowers is probably a Clerodendrum, most likely a hybrid but maybe C. thomsoniae.

    And you should know better than to call Agaves cacti. Shaaaaaaaaaaame! Shaaaaaaaaaaame!

  4. mr_subjunctive- Thanks for the ID help.
    You're right, I do know better than to call an Agave a cactus. It's just that yesterday I sent a photo of an "Agave" to a friend and they corrected me and said that it was Furcraea. Hence, I became gun (Agave) shy...

  5. Peaches - thank you for the identification help! Yes, seeing new plants anywhere is exciting, be it Florida or Indonesia.