Monday, July 26, 2010

Esente ventricosum ( Ethiopian Red Banana)

Potted young  tree 

Common names : Ethiopian Red Banana, False Banana or Ethiopian Banana.
Family: Musaceae (banana family)
Max-height : 6 m (20 ft)
Foliage : evergreen.

Ensete ventricosum is native to tropical East Africa from Ethiopia to Angola. This plant is similar to a banana, but it is not a banana. Fruits look like little dry bananas but are not edible. Ensete ventricosum is widely cultivated as an ornamental house plant in tropics and subtropics.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cassia alata (Candle Bush)

Cassia alata, height : 1.2 m (4 ft)

Common names :
Candle Bush, Candelabra Bush, Ringworm Cassia,Empress Candle Plant, wild senna, candlestick senna.
Local names :  Tarantana, Ketepeng kebo, Akapulco, Gelenggang, Fleur palmiste, Guajava.
Syn : Senna alata.
Family : Caesalpinaceae

Cassia alata is an ornamental flowering bush native to Mexico or Suriname.It is a fast growing perennial shrub grows up to 1.7 m or 6' tall. Cassia alata also known as an important medicinal plant.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Caryota urens (Toddy Palm)

Height : 8 m (27 ft)

Caryota urens

Common names : toddy fishtail palm, jaggery palm, solitary fishtail palm.
Lacal name : Kithul (Srilanka), Moha-karin (Sanskrit).
Family: Arecacea/Palmae.
Max- height : 12 m (40 ft).

Caryota urens is a fast growing feather leaf palm native to Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Burma. It is resembles a single trunked Caryota mitis (fishtail palm).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar "Palm")

Pachypodium lamerei as a houseplant, height :1,2 m (4 ft)

Common name : Madagascar "Palm"
Family: Apocynaceae

Pachypodium lamerei is a stem succulent native to Southern Madagascar. It has a thick, spiny gray trunk which can grow up to 4,5 m or 15 ft tall in nature.  Pachypodium lamerei also known as Madagascar Palm, despite in not being a palm at all.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Platycerium (Staghorn ferns)

Common names : staghorn ferns, elkhorn ferns
Family : Polypodiaceae.

Platycerium is a genus of about 18 fern species, native to the tropical America, Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, New Guinea.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Coccothrinax crinita (old man palm)

Small plant, height : 3 ft.

Common names : Old man palm, thatch palm.
Local names : guano barbudo, guano petate.
Family : Arecaceae.

Coccothrinax crinita  is a slow growing fan palm native to Cuba. This plant widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant and the leaves are used for thatch. Coccothrinax crinita grow up to 20 ft in height. The fruit is black, 0.7-2 cm in diameter.