May 27, 2010

Tropical Wild Mushroom, Fungi, Series 11

A tiny mushroom found on the jungle floor at Mt Singai, Bau.



Recommended reading:
* Tiny Umbrella Mushrooms, Fungi, Series 10
* Orange cup mushroom, Fungi, Series 9
* Tropical orange mushroom, Fungi, Series 8

About Mt Singai

Mount Singai (1843 ft or 562 m) is located between Bau and Matang area, in Kuching. The locals usually visit this place on weekends to climb the long fleet of stairs till the top. This is where the Catholic Memorial & Pilgrimage Centre to be found. It is a popular weekend destination for devotees who seek solace and meditation with the Lord. The CMPC is located just halfway of the plateau. Access to the holy place is by foot only, from the mountain foot. 30 – 40 minutes is all it takes for a normal healthy person to reach the holy centre.

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May 24, 2010

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus

Orthosiphon stamineus or Misai Kucing (Malay for "Cat's Whiskers") is a traditional herb that is widely grown in tropical areas. The two general species, Orthosiphon stamineus "purple" and Orthosiphon stamineus "white" are traditionally used to treat diabetes, kidney and urinary disorders, high blood pressure and bone or muscular pain.

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus

Also known as Java tea, it was possibly introduced to the west in early 20th century. Misai Kucing is popularly consumed as a herbal tea. The brewing of Java tea is similar to that for other teas. It is soaked in hot boiling water for about three minutes, before being added with honey or milk. It can be easily prepared as garden tea from the dried leaves. There are quite a number of commercial products derived from Misai Kucing.

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus


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