ReTRIeVIA

:: trivia retrieved ::

Plant name beginning with ‘X’?

Do you know of any plants whose names begin with ‘ X ‘?

Our colleague Chua Seok Hong gave me that question some weeks back. I told her that there was one on campus, Xanthostemon
chrysanthus, commonly known as Golden Penda.

There are several of these slim leafy trees near Admin Block beside the stairway from NIE to Canteen A. The flowers are like powder-puff balls, bright yellow in colour. [I just checked this morning; unfortunately, none are flowering at the moment.]

Seok Hong then asked for plants with Common Names beginning with “X”. Well, I was stumped (no pun intended) and humorously said I don’t know whether there is a ‘Xylophone’ Tree.

More recently, with Christmas round the corner, I thought of another tree that begins with the letter ‘X’.

Ready?

Here it comes —it is the X’mas Tree! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2002
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

23 December, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Posted in Year 2002

7 Responses

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  1. Good one there, Wee Kiat.

    Since we are on the topic of the letter ‘X’, below is a triple-X greeting from me which I know you will like:
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    X’tra X’cellent X’mas to you and your family.

    Hahaha. Got you there, didn’t I?

    Victor Koo

    24 December, 2007 at 12:10 am

  2. How about Xylocarpus, Ximenia, Xanthosoma?

    lekowala

    24 December, 2007 at 1:15 am

    • thanks beetc

      noo

      22 August, 2012 at 7:29 am

  3. To Victor Koo on his Triple X-rated X’mas greeting:: X’tra X’cellent X’mas ::
    X’actly my sentiments, sir.

    To lekowala,
    Thanks for the scientific names of the X-plants (Xylocarpus, Ximenia, Xanthosoma). Are they local plants, any common names?

    tan wee kiat

    24 December, 2007 at 4:30 pm

  4. Alamak, Victor! A waste of blog space lah! 🙂

    Ivan Chew

    25 December, 2007 at 1:07 am

  5. Xylocarpus and Ximenia are, not Xanthosoma though.. Cheerios and Merry Christmas 😉

    lekowala

    25 December, 2007 at 10:59 pm

  6. I X’peced that from Victor.

    Lam Chun See

    26 December, 2007 at 10:40 am


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