Saturday, December 12, 2009

Terminalia Mantaly ( Madagascar Almond )

Height : 6 m (20 ft)

Height : 5 m (17 ft)

Height : 5 m (17 ft)

Height : 4 m (13 ft)

Common names : Madagascar Almond.
Family : Combretaceae
Syn. : Bucida molineti  (??)

Terminalia mantaly is an exotic deciduous ( evergreen in humid areas) tree native to  Madagascar, commonly planted as an ornamental or a street shade tree. It can grow up to 20 m tall.  Terminalia mantaly ( Madagascar almond)  and Terminalia Cattapa (Indian almond) belong to the Combretum family.

Cordia Sebestena ( Geiger Tree)

Cordia sebestena height 5 m

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Cordia sebestena

Common name : Geiger Tree
Family : Boraginaceae
Genus : Cordia

Cordia Sebestena is a small flowering tree native to  South America, Yucatan, southern Florida, The Bahamas, the West Indies. It is widely planted throughout the tropical and subtropical regions as an ornamental because of its flowers. Cordia Sebestena is an evergreen tree, which grows up to 8 m tall.

Rhapis Multifida (Finger Palm)

Common name : Finger palm.
Family : Arecaceae
Genus : Rhapis

Rhapis mulitifida is a clustering small size palm,  native to Southern China. It is similar to but shorten than Raphis Humili. Raphis mulitifida is a very nice indoor (or patio) plant. It is known as a very cold hardy palm and  fast growing plant.

Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm)

washingtonia robusta
height: 9 m (27 ft)

Washingtonia robusta

Washingtonia robusta

Common name: Mexican Fan Palm.
Family : Arecaceae
Genus : Washingtonia

This palm is native to northwestern Mexico and Southern California. It is a hardy palm which can survive on poor soils. Washingtonia Robusta grows up to 25 - 30 m tall.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bauhinia purpurea

Bauhinia purpurea 01

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Bauhinia purpurea 02. (not flowering)

Common names :
Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel's foot,  Hawaiian orchid tree.
Family : Leguminocae
Genus : Phanera
Syns : Phanera purpurea, Casparespsis purpurea.

Bauhinia purpurea a deciduous flowering plant native to  South China and southeastern Asia. It is introduced to many tropical countries around the world. The plant grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida.

Bauhinia purpurea is a small tree growing up to 17 m in height. The leaf are board, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are pink and fragrant.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Cycads are not true palms, but a group of primitive seed plants characterized with a crown of large compound leaves and a stout trunk. They are evergreen, gymnospermous, dioecious plants.
See also : zamia-furturacea

Cycas Revoluta.
Common name : king sago palm.

Cycas Revoluta or Sago Palm is a cycad native to southern Japan.
This is a very symmetrical plant with a crown of shiny, dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk. The trunk has a diameter of 20 cm or sometimes wider (this plant can grow into very old specimens with 6–7 m or 20 feet of trunk, but it requires about 50–100 years)

Dioon edule
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Dioon edule or Palma de la Virgen is native to mexico. This plant belong to Zamiaceae family. Dioon edule also known as the chestnut dioon.


Crinum is a genus of about 180 species of perennial plants that have large showy flowers on leafless stems, and develop from bulbs. They are found along the sides of streams and lakes in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide, including South Africa. (source: wikpedia).

The name Crinum originates from the Greek : Krinon, that means white lily.

Crinum moore, white flowers
Common name : natal lily
This plant is native to South Africa.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Muntingia calabura (Jamaican Cherry)

Height : 4 m ( 13 ft)
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Height : 4 m (13 ft)

Common & local names :
Jamaican cherry, Cherry Tree, kersen (Indonesia), aratilis (Philipine), cacaniqua, capulín blanco, nigua, niguito, memizo, bolaina yamanaza (Spanish), kerukup Siam (Malay)

Famili: Muntingiaceae

Muntingia calabura is native to southern Mexico, Central America,the Caribbean, South America. It is  a fast-growing perrenial which has white flowers and light red edible fruits. The fruits are eaten in Mexico (and some other tropical regions) and sold in the markets. The flowers are used as an antiseptic.

Muntingia calabura is a small shade tree 7-12 meters tall, which can grow in poor soil. Its seeds are dispersed by birds and bats.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dypsis decaryi (Triangle Palm)

Common name : Triangle palm

Dypsis decaryi is a great ornamental plant, native to Madagascar. It's called the triangle palm because the leaf bases grow on three sides of the plant, forming a triangle.

It's a perennial, which can grow up to 12 m in height (the average height : 5-6 m), the leaves are about 2.5 meters in length.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cyrtostachys lakka / Cyrtostachys renda

cyrtostchys lakka, height : 3.5 m

cyrtostachys lakka, height 4 m

Common names :
Lipstick Palm, Sealing Wax Palm
Family : arecaceae
Genus : cyrtostachys

Cyrtostachys lakka is a clustering palm tree which features a brilliant  red  petioles and crownshaft. This plant is native to Indonesia(Sumatra), Borneo, and Malaysia. It's a very cold-sensitive plant and requires a good overhead light and warm temperature.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Canna Indica

Height : 1.2 - 1.5 m

Common or local names :
Bandera,Coyol, Kardil, Canna, bunga Kana, Saka Siri, Indian Shot.

Canna indica is native to Caribean, South America, Southern US. Canna indica is a perennial, which grow up to 2 m tall. This plant belonging to the family Cannaceae.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tree: Acacia auriculiformis

Height : 8-9 m

Common names :
Auri, Earleaf acacia, Earpod wattle, Northern black wattle, Papuan wattle, Tan wattle

Acacia auriculiformis is native to Australia, Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia.
Grow to 30 m in height, this plant is very popular as ornamental tree and shade tree. It is a fast growing tree. Its wood is good for making paper.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Phoenix Sylvestris

phoenix sylvestris (small)

phoenix sylvestris (grey green leaves)

phoenix sylvestris ( silver bluish- green leaves)

Common names : Sylvester or Silver Date Palm, India Date Palm, wild date palm.
Family : Arecaceae
Genus : Phoenix
Synonyms : Elate sylvestris, Elate versicolor

Sylvester Date Palm is native to India and southern Pakistan. Grows up to 15 m in height. It is a cold hardy flowering palm plant, and can grow indoors. Its fruit have a sweet taste and is used to make wine and jelly. Sylvester Date Palm has very similar characteristics to Phoenix dactylifera   (true date palm). Its leaves are plumose type ( feathered) and more stiff than Phonix canariensis. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009


homalomena wallisii , height : 1 m

There are over 100 species of the genus Homalomena within the family Araceae, which are native to southern Asia and Pacific. Homalomena wallisii is a low growing plant with beautiful leaves.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bambusa Glaucescens

Bambusa (Bamboo) glaucescens, height : 3 m (10 ft)

Bambusa , height : about 4 m (13 ft)

Bambusa , height : 3 m (10 ft)

Bambusa , height : 3 m (10 ft)

Another name : Bambusa Multiplex.
Common name : Hedges Bamboo.
Family : Poaceae.
Genus : Bambusa.
Foliage : evergreen.

Bambusa glaucescens ( max height : 25 feet ) is a tropical clump bamboo widely used as ornamental tree because clumping bamboo species tend to spread slowly. Commonly used as hedges.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ravenala Madagascariensis (Traveller's Tree)

mature tree, height : 7-8 m (25 ft)

mature tree, height : 7-8 m (25 ft)

height : 10 m (33 ft)

Common name : Traveller's Tree (or Palm)
Family: Strelitziaceae

Ravenala Madagascariensis, also known as Traveller's Palm, is native to Madagascar. It is not a palm at all, but a member of Strelitziaceae (the bird-of-paradise family). Ravanela Madagascariensis is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant. It has been given the name traveller's tree or palm because the sheaths of the stems hold rainwater which can be used as an emergency drinking supply. This awesome plant is attractive to butterflies and birds.

Terminalia Catappa ( Indian Almond )

Young tree, height : 4  (13 ft )

Young tree, height : 2.4  (8 ft )

Mediun tree, height: about 9 m (30 ft)

Common & local names :
Indian Almond, Sea Almond tree, Ketapang, Ebelebo, Talisay, Zanmande.
Family: Combretaceae

Terminalia catappa is a large ornamental tree, grows to 35 m (118 ft) tall.  The leaves are large, 15–25 cm ( 5.9–9.8 inlong and 10-15 cm  (3.9–5.5 in) wide.  Fallen leaves are used as a herb in some countries.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dracaena Deremensis.

Height :  1.2-1.5 m ( 4 ft).

D Deremensia 'Janet Craig' Height :  1 m ( 3.3 ft).

Common name : Corn plant, Draceana (green).
Family : Agavaceae
Origin : Africa

Dracaena deremensis grows as an 8 to 12 feet unbranched rosette of evergreen leaves, though some cultivars are variegated in a white to grey-green color. Dracaena deremensis has also been shown by the NASA Clean Air Study to help remove chemicals such as Formaldehyde as well as xylene and toluene. (soure : wikipedia)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ficus Elastica (Rubber Fig)

Young tree, height : about 5-6 m (20 ft)

Height : about 6 m (20 ft)

Common names:  rubber fig, rubber bush, Indian rubber plant.

This plant is native to northeast India (Assam), south to Indonesia (Sumatra and Java). In indonesia, this plant also called "karet munding". It is a fat bush in the banyan group of figs, growing to 30–40 or 60 metres height.

Rhapis excelsa ( Broadleaf Lady Palm )

Height : 1 m ( 3.3 ft)

Height : 90 cm ( 3 ft)

Rhapis excelsa , variegated
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Common names : Broadleaf Lady Palm or Bamboo Palm.
Syn  Rhapis flabelliformis
Family: Arecacea/Palmae (palm Family)
Max-height : 4 m ( 13 ft)

Rhapis exelsa  is native to  Southeast China. The genus name - " rhapis" - is Greek, meaning "needle". The species name is Latin for "tall", in spite of the fact that the plant is not the tallest in the genus.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Zamia Furturacea (Carborad Palm /Cycad)

Zamia Furturacea 

Zamia Furturacea , potted.

Common names :  Cardboard Palm, Cardboard Sago, Jamaican Palm, Mexican Cycad.
Family : Zamiaceae.

Commonly known as Cardboard Palm, although not a palmtree. Zamia Furturacea  is a  cycad native to eastern Mexico, widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It is also known as the poisonous plant.

Nephrolepis sp (Sword fern)

Conmon name : Sword fern.
Family : Lomariopsidaceae, Davalliaceae.

There are  of about 30 species  of  Nephrolepis, which native to tropical (and subtropical) regions throughout the world.  Sword ferns widely cultivated as ornamental  house plants, which also works to remove  gaseous toxins from the air.