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PROJECT NAME : The Forestias

Monthly progress : Dec 2020

Flowers at The Forestias,

The Forestias is a project rich in nature and plants. Thais believe that we are a part of nature and ecosystems. Big trees also provide shade, food, and a foundation for a better future for coming generations.

Flowers and small insects are naturally connected. Insects pick up pollen as they fly around feeding on nectar, so they pollinate flowers and help them spread.

The insects vital to pollination see the color yellow most clearly and are drawn to yellow flowers. Researchers at the University of Tokyo Chiba Forest put 7 colored cloths in a field. Insects flew mainly to yellow and orange, with only a few attracted to blue and green. The Forestias therefore has a wide variety of yellow flowers, including:

Cat’s claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati) with clusters of 1-15 trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers with 5 petals.

Golden penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) with flowerheads made of many small golden flowers.

Cananga tree (Canangium fruticosum), whose drooping, long-stalked flowers have 6 narrow, curved, greenish-yellow petals. Petals are arranged in several layers, with 3 on each layer, and many stamens and pistils.

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) with white or creamy flowers that fade to yellow. Petals connect in a tube whose end is divided into 5 unequal petals, with 4 on top and 1 below, and 5 stamens extending beyond the petals.

Porcupine flower (Barleria prionitis) with yellow-to-orange flowers. The base of the petals is connected in a tube. The tip is divided into lobes with 4 stamens.