Purr-fect blooms: Cats claw creeper springs delight at Gunung Lang recreational park

IPOH: A cluster of cats claw creeper flowers (dolichandra unguis-cati) has bloomed majestically at the Gunung Lang Recreational Park here.

Ipoh City Council Landscape Department assistant architect Noor Sauwiya Shari said the yellow flowers of the vine plants, which only bloom under high heat, were now on full display near one of the pavilions in the park.

"They usually bloom between March and May but the temperature must be high.

"The temperature has been quite high, highest at about 37 degrees Celsius recently, which helped with the blooming," she said when contacted.

"The flowers can sustain for about three months but it must be under hot weather.

"If it rains heavily and continuously for two to three days in a week, the flowers will fall," she added.

Noor Sauwiya said the plants could only be found in the city at the recreational park.

"The city council planted the vines in 1999. The first time it bloomed was during a drought season in 2013.

"They do bloom annually but not as much as now," she said.

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