The nectar of the Pineapple Candleheath

As a little experiment, I made a short first time video on the Pineapple Candleheath (Richea dracophylla) last month. Note that I got the specific epithet wrong (I said Richeadracophyllum‘) in the video.

It’s endemic, it’s delicious. What more can I say.

Richea dracophylla (Pineapple Candleheath)

Richea dracophylla (Pineapple Candleheath)

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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2 Responses to The nectar of the Pineapple Candleheath

  1. Alan says:

    Do you know if other Richea spp have edible nectar?

    • David says:

      I tried out the nectar of Scoparia (Richea scoparia) just the other day but there was only a very mild sweet taste at the base of the detached petal caps. It could be that R. scoparia doesn’t produce as much or that I just didn’t get at it at the right time. It is worth noting that skinks go for the nectar, to the extent of pulling of the ‘caps’ to get to the nectar. The Bog Candleheath (Richea gunnii) has almost similar sized flowers and may be worth a try but I haven’t done so yet.

      The Pandani (R. pandanifolia) doesn’t look worthy of trying. The flowers are much smaller than the Pineapple Candleheath. The same applies to the remaining Richeas.

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