Taman Wawasan – Putrajaya

Taman Wawasan with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the hilltop.

I went for a cycle ride in Taman Wawasan the other day. I might have mentioned this place before in an earlier post. It is a pretty park in the centre of Putrajaya. It’s like having my own private park because I am usually the only person there apart from the teams of gardeners from countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesia who keep the park looking pristine.

These friendly gardeners do a great job.

I don’t know why the park is so empty. You would think that hordes of civil servants from the Ministry of Finance next door would come here at lunchtime to eat their sandwiches.  Too hot I suppose.

Empty park benches next to the Ministry of Finance.

I suspect there is not a lot of drama going on at the amphitheatre either. Better to convert it into a rockery.

Friends, Putrajayans, Countrymen lend me your ears.

It is probably time to remove the phone booths now – even I’ve got a mobile phone. The phone companies must be saving millions from not having to maintain call boxes any more.

Redundant phone booths.

The civil servants are missing out on the many exotic plant species found in the park. Here are a few I snapped (I looked up the names in my copy of ‘1001 Garden Plants in Singapore’ so please correct me if I have misidentified them):

These heliconia marginata look like flamingoes.

Heliconia Marginata


A different type of heliconia – heliconia rostrata.

Heliconia Rostrata


Spathoglottis plicata or Philippine Ground Orchid.

Spathoglottis plicata


Lophanthera lactescens. Common name: Golden Chain Tree.

Lophanthera lactescens


Cochlospermum (said the Chinese fertility doctor to his male patient) religiosum. Known as the buttercup tree among other names.

Cochlospermum religiosum.


Maniltoa browneoides or handkerchief tree sprouts new growths of leaves which suddenly appear in white bunches.

Maniltoa browneoides


Ixora ‘Sunkist’. I have some ixora in my garden but not this variety.

Ixora 'Sunkist'


These would have been lunch if I could be sure they were not poisonous.

Fungus of some sort.

Taman Wawasan is a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

Taman Wawasan, Putrajaya