I am very much inspired by the turn-out of comments in the previous post linked to Word for Wednesday. However, i still am in limbo for the real ID of my supposedly "dill-but no-dill" plant! I have tried Google search, inputted the flower photos for it to search for similar images, but still no deal or no dill!
One of Onenezz and Tropical Nature Photos thought it is a citronella plant, but i searched and citronella plant has very much larger leaves and the venation and patterns are different. The more differences it has with citronella grass, which i personally know is a monocot, as grasses are monocots. My mystery plant is a dicot with almost parallel venation, might somehow be mistaken for a monocot. I would love to show you other photos of my mystery plant, "dill or no dill".
This plant when densely planted can serve as a soft hedge around the garden, and people trim the top to be denser and offer more fence-like protection.
"Dill or no dill against the sky, it sometimes grow up to around 1 meter high
a more close-up view of the growing point
a mature "dill or no dill" with mature flower stalks
maturing "dill or no dill" plants
a profusely blooming "dill or no dill"
a transparent white Ideopsis juventa lingering on the drying branches, which i purposely cut for them
they even mate there clinging on the dried leaves
this is a blue and larger form of the Ideopsis juventa
I am not familiar with this butterfly, it is like a small Hypolimnas bolina female
a lot of them at least 4 species congregating there sipping "dill or no dill" sap
Other critters also love to reside in the lush growth of my "dill or no dill" plant. This cricket doesn't want to leave it too.
I just don't know if it also sips the sap of the green plants
this green spider is camouflaging inside the thick leaves, even built its house there
...and i also saw a baby praying mantis. Praying mantis are territorial, so it will just stay there and prey on whatever comes to its home for food. It looks like it is praying, maybe begging for food to come! Or maybe praying that he will not be the prey for a bigger one!
Appreciation and gratefulness is due to One for her identification of my "dill or no dill" plant, as Artemisia scoparia. It is very common in Malaysia especially for landscaping. It is rich in essential oils used for medicine and industries. The vegetative plant is also feeding lots of butterfly larvae. The plant is anticholererolemic, antipyretic, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic and vasodilator. It has an antibacterial action for Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, Bacillus typhi, Bacillus subtilis, Pneumococci, C. diphtheriae, mycobacterium and others. It is also used in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis and inflammation of the gall bladder. Reference: http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/a/artemisia-scoparia.php