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.