The Heart of the Matter. Pseuderanthemum carruthersii, var. reticulatum, Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I almost immediately went walking in that Garden of Delights in its heart near Stesen Sentral, the Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens. What I thought was 'Summer Cleaning' was in total efficient process. The next day's New Straits Times put me in the picture: Kuala Lumpur City Hall has decided to convert those really extensive Lake Gardens into a a real, large Botanical Garden! This is wonderful news especially in the shadow of the fact that so many of the world's botanical gardens are having a very hard time justifying their existence (e.g. in my own home town the university did away with its hortus of four centuries).
One of my favorite 'rows' of shrubbery in the Lake Gardens is that of the Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. reticulatum. In this photo, flora and fauna meet. Voraciously this little red ant and its fellows seek their fixes of nectar in the very heart of the flowers.
The name Pseuderanthemum was first suggested by Ludwig Adolph Timotheus Radlkofer (1829-1927) in 1883 to distinguish these plants from the Eranthemum genus. He incidentally was a botanist who did not travel much physically although he must've done so in his mind. He made extensive studies, determinations and descriptions of plants from all over the world... Not often though was he away from his native city of Munich, Germany, except for his studies at the university of Jena. Radlkofer died at a ripe old age in the very room in which he'd been born (and maybe conceived...).