Saturday, October 6, 2012

Musa ornata (Ornamental Banana)


Family : Musaceae
Genus : Musa
Common names: Flowering Banana, Ornamental Banana.
Syns :

M. ornata is a small ornamental plant (5 to 10 ft tall) , native to south-east Asia, and widely distributed throughout tropical regions. The inflorescences have many colors, from pink to lilac. The fruit is edible but very seedy and tends not to be eaten.

Podocarpus macrophyllus.

Small tree, height : 2 m ( 6 ft)

Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus
Species: Podocarpus macrophyllus.
Common names : Kusamaki, Inumaki, louhan song or Buddhist pine (wrong name).

Podocarpus macrophyllus ( regarded as a feng shui tree )  is an evergreen conifer native to southern Japan and southern/eastern China. It resembles a pine but it is not a pine at all. Podocarpus macrophyllus is a small to medium size  tree, reaching 20 m ( 33 ft) in height.

Phoenix canariensis ( Canary date palm)

Phoenix Canariensis

Family: Arecaceae
Genus : Phoenix.
Common names : Canary island date palm, pineapple palm.

Phoenix canariensis is date palm native to the Canary Islands and very widely planted as an ornamental plant in warm climate regions.


Family : Apocynaceae
Genus : Adenium
Species : A. obesum, A. arabicum, A. multiforum.
Common names : Impala lily, desert rose, Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea.

Adeniums are deciduous succulent trees or shrubs (50 cm - 3 m tall) native to  sub-Saharan Africa, central and eastern Southern Africa, Arabia and Thailand (subsp. A. thai socotranum ). Adeniums are popular for their beautiful flowers and swolen stems, which all have poisonous sap ( toxic alkaloids, specifically Cardiac glycosides). The name Adenium is derived from the Arabic name for the plant, Oddaejn, which means Aden, the former name of Yemen.

 A. obesum  -bonsai

A. obesum, double blosoms

A. multiforum (actual height : 1.2 m or 4 ft ).

Monday, July 30, 2012

Licuala spinosa

Family :Arecaceae
Common names :  Mangrove Fan Palm, Spiny Licuala Palm.
Synonyms :

Licuala spinosa is a small ornamental palm tree, grown in tropical or subtropical climates.

Roystonea altissima

Family : Arecaceae
Common names : Jamaican Royal Palm or Mountain Cabbage Palm, Jamaican Cabbage Palm.
Synonyms : Palma altissima, Roystonea jamaicana

Roystonea altisima is fast growing palm tree, which reaches heights of 20 metres (66 ft). It is a species of a palm tree commonly found on hillsides or mountain slopes near the interior of Jamaica. Similar with R regia, R altisima has slightly plumose leaflets.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Manilkara Kauki

Medium tree, actual size : 6 m (20 ft) in height.

Family : Sapotaceae
Synonym : Mimusops kauki
Common names : Khirni, Caqui, Wongi, Sawo-kecik...

Manilkara kauki is an evergreen, upright tree found in Cambodia,Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea and northern Queensland. The leaves are stiff, elliptic, shiny, medium to dark green on the upper leaf and pale at the bottom. The fruit is 3-4 cm long, orange-red in color and edible.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bambusa Vulgaris Wamin

Wamin Bamboo

Common names: Wamin Bamboo, Buddha's Belly Bamboo
Family : poaceae

Bambusa vulgaris Wamin is an open clump type bamboo with swollen nodes that resemble Buddha's Belly.
It is a small variety of Bambusa Vulgaris (known as Common Bamboo), originated from South China, and spread throughout East Asia and South East Asia.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dillenia Pteropoda

Dillenia pteropoda
Family: Dilleniaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia

Dillenia ptropoda has yellow flowers and large leaves. It is an evergreen tree growing to 16 m (48 feet) tall.