The above plant grows profusely in the Philippines, where the photo was taken. It is apparently called punctatum of the croton family.
As a young girl, still living in Marag my sister and I would go to our neighbours, who grew the plants in their garden to give us cuttings. The neighbours were so good to us that they would allow us to turn their once beautiful shrubs hedging their yards into stringy sorry sight of bald shrubs as if a ravenous swarm of locusts had been. 🙂 🙂 🙂
With our treasure of twigs of beautiful narrow verdant green leaves speckled with golden dust, we would dash home and plant these twigs in our front yard. We would religiously water our new plant for at least a few days and then we forget as by then we moved on to another hobby. Some of the twigs would live and some dries up and shrivelled under the punishing sun.
I must say that they do make a lovely hedge. Their bright leaves have golden dusting and they are just beautiful under the sun.