The weekend Chatchuk Market in Bangkok is famous, attracting locals and tourists alike. There are thousands of stalls selling virtually anything you could want, from antiques, to t-shirts; musical instruments to…tropical garden plants and orchids! So on a recent trip to Bangkok, I made the trek to the market. ‘Trek’ is an overstatement-all you have to do is hop on the sleek modern skytrain and it delivers you right to the market! This is the first of a few posts where I’ll share photos of all things green that I enjoyed seeing at Chatachuk. Among the most impressive were the nepenthes, caladiums, and orchids!
These are the ‘sprouting seeds’ of a tropical tree that grows in Thailand. Leaves on more mature growths look like avocado leaf. If anyone know what this plant is please let me know. I’ve looked for seed pods like this in the US, but have only seen the fibrous seed in dry decorative arrangements. Of course I was unable to bring any of these back to the US.
(left) I loved all the compact growing bromeliads, mostly neoregalias, showing perfect color. There are also some Thai caladiums in this photo, that are garnering attention by horticulturists in other parts of the world. We’ll post more photos of these in a later post.
(Below) buckets of water lillies for sale–both flowers and plants were available.
Exotic and unsual whiskered blooms on handsome plants! I’ve seen different types of tacca for sale in US garden catalogs but suspect they would do best in more humid southern climates, or a conservatory/greenhouse up north.
6 Replies to “Tropical ‘Houseplants’ in Bangkok”
Thank you so much for this information!
The sprouting seeds that you saw at the market are Cerbera odallum. The seeds are toxic but give rise to nice foliage- and white, fragrant flower-bearing shrub/trees.
sorry, did not 🙁
did you find out what the thailand tropical seeds name are ? i would like to know . thank you
Robert, this is just a hobby site. I do not sell plants. Thanks for visiting!
Interrested in purchasing a plant that I do not see in your website posting. The plant that I’m interested in is a medium size (3 – 6 m) tropical broad serrated leaf tree. I have a photo and sketch of tree that I can send to you. I am located in Khon Kaen. The tree that I saw in KK is a broad leaf serrated (.2m x .5m) leaf). The trunk is about 10cm or so, and about 5m high. This is a tree that grows in semi direct sun light or semi dark light. I need maybe six (6) for a new garden that I am building in KK.
Thank you for your response.