Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rhapis Humilis ( Slender Lady Palm )

Height : 1,6- 2 m

Common name : Slender Lady Palms.

Rhapis humilis is native to Southern China. Without controlled, they can reach up to 16 feet in height. Rhapis humilis or slender lady palm  well suited to home gardens, because they are very slow growers.  Rhapis humilis is  a nice garden plant.

Alocasia sp

Alocasia Macrorrhiza

Alocasia Macrorrhiza 

Alocasia plumbea "nigra"
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Common name : Giant Elephant Ear., Upright Elephant Ear
Famili : Araceae
Genus : Alocasia

Alocasia macrorrhiza is also known as giant elephant ear. This tropical perennial is native to Asia. It is can reach up to 4 m in height. This plant is also called as giant taro, as it is closely related to the taro, Calocasia esculenta.

Alocasia plumbea (nigra), also called black metallic taro or silver leaf elephant ear is native to Indonesia, Southeastern Asia.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Euphorbia Milii, height 50 cm.

Common name : Christ Plants

Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant) is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821.[1] It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus ( Wikipedia )

Euphorbia lactea , gray 
Common name : White or gray ghost cactus .
Other names : Dragoon bones tree, Candelabra Cactus or spurge , Caper Spurge, Candle-stick tree, Cactus Candelabre.

Ephorbia lactea is native to India or tropical Asia. This plant can grow up to 5 m (16 ft) tall.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree)

Height : 4 m (13 ft)

Height : 2 m (7 ft)

Height: 4 m (13 ft),  flowering

Common names : Umbrella tree, octopus tree.
Syn :  Brassaia actinophylla 
Famlily :  Araliaceae
Genus:  Schefflera

It is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 m (49 ft) tall,  native to tropical  forests in Australia, New Guinea and Java. Common names include Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree and Amate.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Phoenix Roebelenii ( Pygme Date Palm )

Height : 2,5-3m

Common name : Pygme Date Palm.

Phoenix roebelenii is a small or minature date palm, native to southeast Asia and southwestern China (Yunnan). It's can grow to about 3.0m or 10 feet in height. Fruit are small, about 1/2 inch  long, and range from dark purple to dark brown when fully ripe. This plant can be grown in full sun to shade and make wonderful planter palms for indoors or outdoors.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Delonix Regia ( Flamboyant )

Height : 8 -10 m

Common names : Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant / Flamboyan,
Another local names : Krishnachura, Gulmohar.

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant from the Fabaceae family. With fern-like leaves and flamboyant flowers, this plant always known as an ornamental tree and given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. Another names are : Krishnachura, Gulmohar, Peacock Flower, Flame of the Forest, Malinche, and Tabachine, and one of several named the Flame tree.

Dracaena arborea

actual height : 4 m (12 ft)

height 1.8 m (6 ft)

Dracaena arborea, height 3 m (10 ft)

Common name : Dragon Tree
Family : Dracaenaceae
Genus :  Dracaena
Origin : Africa

Monday, August 17, 2009

Musa Velutina (Pink Banana)

Musa Velutina 

Common name : Pink Banana, Hairy Banana
Local name : Pisang Sangga Langit (Indonesian), Zi jiao (Chinese)
Family : Musaceae
Genus : Musa
Origin : Southeast Asia, Tropical India

These small banana plants are typically used in the landscape for their ornamental appeal as M.velutina fruits are pink and fuzzy. However, more than an ornamental, the fruits are actually edible if you don't mind working around the seeds. They will peel themselves back when ripe as you can see in the above photo. If you catch them at the right time (you have only maybe a day or so to catch it when ripe, opened, and unspoiled), you'll notice the best flavor.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Codiaeum variegatum (Garden Croton)

Codaeum, height: 1.2-1.5 m  (4-5 ft)

Common names : Garden croton, variegated croton.
Family:  Euphorbiaceae.

Codiaeum variegatum is native to southern Asia, Indonesia and Eastern Pacific islands. It is an evergreen shrub, which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. There are hundreds cultivars, with different foliage colors.

Garden Crotons will die if too long at temperatures below about 46ºF (7.8ºC). The best  temperatures vary between 60 and 85 degrees F. In tropical regions, Garden Crotons , which can grow up to 3 m tall- make attractive hedges and potted patio specimens.

Alsophila cooperi

Young plants, height : 5 ft

Common names : Scaly tree fern, Australian tree fren.
Syn : Cyathea cooperi,
Family :Cyatheaceae

Alsophila cooperi is a fast growing fern native to Australia. This fern can grow up to 9 m (30 ft) in height, and has a
slender trunk. 

Tree (Lagerstromeia sp)

Lagerstromea loudonii
Height : 8 m

Common name : Crape-myrtle
Local names :Bungur, Ketangi, Laban

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Casuarina equisetifolia ( (Horsetail tree)

Casuarina   equisetifolia (bonsai)

Common name : horsetail treecoast sheoak, beach casuarina, beach oak, beach  whistling tree, horsetail she oak, horsetail beefwood, horsetail tree, Australian pine, ironwood, whistling pine, Filao tree, and
Family : Casuarinaceae
Genus : Casuarina

Dieffenbachia Amoena

Family: Araceae
Genus : Dieffenbachia

Swietenia mahagoni & macrophylla (Mahogany tree)

Swietenia mahogany; large tree, height : about 18 m ( 60 ft)

S. mahogani, small tree, height : about 8  m ( 27 ft)

S. mahogany, small/medium tree, height : about 9  m ( 30 ft)

S.mahogany -hybrid, small tree, height : about 8 m (27 ft)

S. macrophylla, young tree, height :  about 4 m (13 ft) tall.

Common names (S. mahogani):
Mahogany, West Indian mahogany, small leaf mahogany, Spanish mahogany, true mahogany, Cuban mahogany.
Syn: Swietenia fabrilis 
Family : Meliaceae.

Swietenia mahagoni is a species of Swietenia native to West Indies, the Bahamas, South Florida, Jamaica, Cuba, Hispaniola. It is a semi-evergreen tree growing up to 30–35 m (98–115 ft) tall. 

Closely related to this plant is the Swietenia Macrophylla ( Syn: Swietenia candollei), commonly known as : South American mahogany, Honduras mahogany, big-leaf mahogany, sky fruit. This plant is  similar to Swietenia Mahogany but has larger leaves and  bigger fruits. Swietenia Macrophylla is native to South America.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wodyetia bifurcata ( Foxtail Palm )

Wodyetia bifurcata

Wodyetia bifurcata
Young tree, height : 4.5m (15 ft)

Common name : Foxtail Palm.
Family: Arecaceae
Genus : Wodyetia

It is an exotic ornamental palm tree and suitable for tropical and sub-tropical climates.  Foxtail palms are native to the Northern Australia.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Palm : Borassus flabellifer

Height about : 14 m

Another names : Sugar palm,  Toddy palm, asian palmyra.
Local names :  Akadiru, Lontar, Munjalu, Nungu, Siwalan, Tari , Tal , Thaati  Tnaot..

This plant can live 100 years or more and reach a height of 30 m,. The large trunk resembles that of the coconut and is ringed with leaf scars. Young palmyra palms grow slowly in the beginning but then grow faster. Its growth pattern, large size, and clean habits make it an attractive landscape species.

A sugary sap, called Toddy, can be obtained from the young inflorescence, either male or female ones. Toddy is fermented to make a beverage called arrack, or it is concentrated to a crude sugar called jaggery. It is called Gula Jawa (Javanese sugar) in Indonesia and is widely used in Javanese cuisine. In addition, the tree sap is taken as a laxative, and medicinal values have been ascribed to other parts of the plant. (Wikipedia)

Ixora sp.

Ixora Chinensis

Ixora Chinensis

Ixora Maui

Ixora coccinea

Common names : Needle flower, Jungle flame, West Indian Jasmine.
Local names : Soka,  Kheme, Ponna, Santan, Jarum-jarum, Chann Tanea, Techi, Pan. 

Ixora is a genus of 529 species in the family Rubiaceae. It is a populer flowering shrub or hedge plant throughout the tropics and subtropics.

Mimusops elengi

Mimusops elengi, height : about 10-12 m (33-40 ft)

Young tree, height : 4 m (13 ft)

Height : 10 m (33 ft)

Height : about 7-8 m (25 ft)

Height : 3 m (10ft)

Common names :
Bullet wood tree (English), Tanjong (Malay), Tanjung (Indonesia), Bakul (Marathi)
Family : Sapotaceae
Genus : Mimusops

Medium size big evergreen  tree, native to South Asia, South East Asia and Australia. Leaves are oval shaped, glossy dark green,  with  5–14 cm long and 2–6 cm wide. Flowers are cream. hairy and scented. Bark is dark brownish black or grayish black.  This plant can reach up to 60 feet or 18 m in height.

Mimusops elengi is one of the most popular street ornamental tree, also (in some countries) known as medical tree.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ptychosperma macarthurii

Height : 6 m (19 ft)

Height : 6 m (19 ft)

Family : arecaceae
Genus : ptychosperma
Common name : macarthur palm
Propogation : by seed.

Ptychosperma macarthuriiis is native to the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia. This plant is suitable for growing indoors, on the patio or deck

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Areca Catechu

Height : about 9 m (30 ft)

Areca Catechu var alba (Golden Betel-nut Palm), height : 3 m (10 ft)

Common name : Betel-nut Palm, Areca nut.
Local name : Pinang, Pinang jambe, Puga (sanskrit).
Max. height :  20 m  ( 65 ft) tall

Areca Catechu orginally from Southeast Asia, but is now widely distributed in many tropical regions. This palm can  produces the areca nuts, which is used in some tropical countries as a mild stimulant.  Because  the areca nut is always chewed along with the betel leaf, this palm is erroneously called the betel tree...

Ficus Lyrata ( Fiddle-leaf fig)

height : 8 m (27 ft) .

height : 4.5 m (15 ft) 

Common name : fiddle-leaf fig
Syn. : Ficus pandurata
Family : Moraceae.

It is a species of fig tree native to western Africa. It grows in lowland tropical rainforest, growing up to 12-15 m (40-50 ft)  in height.

Ficus lyrata is a popular tropical or subtropical ornamental tree. This plant is suitable for growing indoors or as a houseplant,  where it usually stays shorter when put into pots than when grown outdoors. It is a tender perennial