BK Lim’s image of a Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) taking nectar from a snakeweed (Stachytarpheta mutabilis) was taken in Penang Hill, Malaysia in January 2009.
This attractive herb comes from Tropical America, a close relative to the common snakeweed (S. indica), also introduced from the same region but now a common weed of the wayside. The plant is easily propagated by seeds and a bed will provide flowers throughout the year. It needs full sun though.
Ng, F. S. P., 2006. Tropical horticulture and gardening. Kuala Lumpur: Clearwater Publication. 361 pp.
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