TROPICAL FLOWERS AND GARDEN PLANTS OF MALAYSIA *****In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
Chinese name: 五爪金龍 (wu zhua jin ling - 5 clawed golden dragon)
Malay name: Seri Pagi Jalar
Native range: From Cape Verde in Portugal to the Middle East and Northern Africa
Category: Perennial creeper (Wildflower / Weed)
Photo taken at: Rubbish dump in Ipoh.
The species name 'cairica' could have been derived from "Cairo", the capital of Egypt.
It is commonly found growing wild in vacant land and rubbish dumps where it grows well under the full sun. The flowers open in the morning and are closed by afternoon. There are 5 lobes on each leaf with the centre lobe being the largest. Propagation is by cuttings.