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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cat's Whiskers (Orthosiphon Aristatus)

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Cat's whiskers is one of the most elegant garden annuals. When the flowers open, the stamens and pistil extend out far beyond the petals, creating the "cat's whiskers" effect. The flowers are most commonly white, but they can also occur in shades of purple. Orthosiphon aristatus prefers full sun and a moist garden soil for best growth and flowers. However, it grows perfectly well in light shade in warmer climates. – James R. Adams, Curator of the National Herb Garden, Promising Plants Presentation, 2005


Origin:
South East Asia and tropical Australia.


Background:
Orthosiphon aristatus is from the family of Lippenblütengewächse/Lamiaceae /Labiatae.

Variant Names:
Cat's whiskers is also known as Kumis Kuching or Remujung, Misai Kuching, Orthosiphon Stamineus Benth, Orthosiphon Aristatus, Orthosiphonblaetter, Indisher Nierentee, Feuilles de Barbiflore, Java Tea, Javatee, Kidney Tea, Koemis Koetjing and Yaa Nuat Maeo.
Source: en.wikipedia.org, http://www.herbsociety.org/
Photograph taken at Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Cher

8 comments:

  1. can't figure out kung sino ang cat woman sa TSS, so please come out! this one's for you! ;-)

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  2. whoa!...isn't that one interesting flower.it is so pure in its virginal color and definitely has got quite an assertive personality..

    I LOVE IT!!!

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  3. cat's whiskers nga! definitely i am not a cat meow he he he..i'm a cow mooooo he he he...seriously, that flower is so lovely Cher! and yah, elegant! it would be so wonderful to watch the cat's whiskers effect! and i definitely would love to see the purple version! nice shot again Cher!

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  4. eng, your word virginal reminded me to recommend you Dreamboat by Judith Gould... it has nothing to do with virgins but i'm sure, you'll enjoy reading it! ;-)

    kulasa, may purple version ako sa FS album :)

    btw, sumagi lang sa isip ko after posting my first comment... di ba si Tesya ang cat woman natin? cats are believed to have 9 lives and with Tesya overcoming the big-C, i guess she's a cat woman! girlash, agree ka ba? if yes, this flower is for you! :)

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  5. really, si Tes ang cat woman natin? She must love this post Cher. Again, kudos to you for this very well researched post. And the picture, gosh, Cher, you are doing so well i your photography. I am glad to see you enjoying this hobby, now, we at Salitype not only enjoy writing, anik-anik, but also taking pictures :)

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  6. You know what ladies ... one thing we didn't know is that Tesya's favorite color is PURPLE !!! hahahaha - I just remembered from one of our emails !

    I can't see the picture from my work PC, but with the description and the reaction from the ladies - I can't wait to get home and look at it !

    I love this corner Cher - awesome job !

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  7. Cher, thank you girl for dedicating this flower to me! Hehe… tama si Chay, my favorite color is purple (the blue in salitype was assigned to me for the four seasons yata –hehe) Chay, am touched that you remembered despite the very casual way it was mentioned. Cher, the nine-lives association seem to fit me in some ways! What with two surgeries and an aggressive big-C! I hope I still have about 7 out of that nine lives! Hehe

    Cher, this flower is rare, really exquisite! Natuwa ako sa bago kung identity… cat woman nga ba ako? Lemme see…. hehe… Let’s look for Wonder Woman and Electra… ahihihi –simula na naman!

    You are fast becoming a pro Cher! Ang galeng… the colors are so sharp! Kudos to you, girl!

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  8. hello :) do you know where we could find this plant? :) we need it for research po sana :)

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