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Gladiolus nanus (Hardy Gladiolus)

Now and then I’m interested in covering plants which appeal more to the florist’s market. I’ve covered some daisies, simply to share the flowers we get here from South American florist merchants. A flower I always loved and first learned about in the U.S. is the Gladiolus. Gladiolus nanus (Hardy Gladiolus) Aka Dwarf Gladiolus ‘Prins Claus’,…

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Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflorum (Thai Basil)

A neighbor kindly showed me the difference between two basils, the “sweet” kind, and the “thai” which is a bit spicier. However, the genuine reason many of our neighbors are cultivating these minty herbs is that they are natural insect repellants, and with the “Zika” virus menacing tropical regions, I will be covering a few…

Chrysobalanus icaco pellocarpus

Chrysobalanus icaco (Coco Plum)

Chrysobalanus icaco (Coco Plum) Aka Paradise Plum , Icaco ‘ red tip’, or Fat Pork (Trinidad and Tobago) is found near sea beaches and inland throughout tropical America, the Caribbean, southern Florida, the Bahamas, and tropical Africa. There’s both a coastal and an inland form. Chrysobalanus icaco ‘Pellocarpus’ is the epithet for the inland subspecies which has smaller…

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Curcuma Sparkling (Turmeric)

Curcuma Sparkling (Turmeric) is another variant of Turmeric plants which are whitish lavender, and I thought of sharing these with you. For more didactic information on the Turmeric plant, please see this post. Curcuma ‘Sparkling’ has very soft,  pastel colors, but comes with the same habit as Curcuma longa, it needs lots of humidity, frequent misting  and dappled light.…

Ocimum basilicum (Albaca)

Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

Ocimum basilicum (Basil) Aka Albhaca, Alhábega, Great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). It is also called the “king of herbs” and the “royal herb”. The name “basil” comes from Greek (basilikón phutón), meaning “royal/kingly plant”. This plant is growing wild at a neighbor’s backyard, and since it was partly…

Curcuma longa (Tumeric)

Curcuma longa (Turmeric)

Curcuma longa (Turmeric) is a plant I found selling at a popular garden center in P.R.. The Turmeric  plant is very similar to Ginger and can be grown as an ornamental. There are white, pink and lavender varieties.  They like dappled light but require constant moisture to keep their bloom strong and blooming. This bloom is…

Conocarpus erectus

Conocarpus erectus var. erectus (Green Buttonwood)

Conocarpus erectus var. erectus (Green Buttonwood) Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus AND Conocarpus erectus var. erectus together. Here’s where you can see why the different epithets evolved. Silver Buttonwood’s leaves are indeed much more softer to the touch that those of Green Buttonwood (hence ‘sericeus’, silky or soft). Green Buttonwood’s inflorescence is distinctively erect (hence ‘erectus’), whereas the inflorescence  in Silver Buttonwood is more pendulous…

Spathoglottis Plicata (Ground Orchid)

Spathoglottis Plicata (Ground Orchid)

Spathoglottis Plicata (Ground Orchid) Aka Philippine Ground Orchid, Philippine Orchid, or Orquídea terrestre, are extremely easy to take care of. They grow in well-draining soil, and in the tropics, bloom all year. There are about 45 species of Spathoglottis in diverse habitats in India, Philippines, SE Asia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Borneo, and Cape York Peninsula in Australia.…

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Flaming Katy)

  Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Flaming Katy) Aka Christmas kalanchoe, Florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill, is native to Madagascar. Kalanchoe is a dark green, succulent perennial with scallop-edged leaves and large umbels of flower clusters held above the foliage. It has an upright, multi-branched growth habit. Their bloom time is incredibly long for a houseplant. These bright red, pink…

Hibiscus moscheutos (Rose Mallow)

Hibiscus moscheutos (Rose Mallow)

Hibiscus moscheutos (Rose Mallow) Aka  Swamp rose-mallow, Crimson-eyed rose mallow,  Eastern rose mallow, Malvavisco,  or Amapola ‘Jumbo’. Macro, done with continuos lighting of softboxes. I will continue to use flash but mainly outdoors. I used two softboxes, one overhead the Hibiscus, the other one on the right. I also have an LED spotlight (shown here on the lower right)…

Oncidium maculatum

Oncidium maculatum (Brassidium Golden Gamine ‘White Knight’)

Oncidium maculatum Brassidium Orchid (Brassidium White Knight) Aka as Brassia, Star or Spider Orchid, or Shooting star,  is native to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and northern South America. Brassia is a genus of orchids classified in the Oncidiinae subtribe. It’s considered a cross between  Brassia and Oncidium Orchids, therefore belonging a subtribe of Oncidium. The genus was named after…

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Fuchsia magellanica (Hardy Fuchsia)

Fuchsia magellanica, Aka Hummingbird fuchsia, Sirenita, Ballerina  or Paraguita, is a species of flowering plant in the family Evening Primrose family (family Onagraceae), native to the lower Southern Cone of southern South America, but naturalized in the Caribbean. This species of Fuchsia occurs in temperate climate southern regions of Argentina and Chile, from latitude 32°50′ S.…

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Stigmaphyllon floribundum (Orchid Vine)

Stigmaphyllon floribundum (Orchid Vine) Aka Woolly Amazonvine, Bejuco de Toro, Bejuco de Menta, or Mint Vine, is native to the Caribbean. This is plant is from the Malpighiaceae family, the same as acerola, the Barbados cherry, or West Indian cherry.  Stigmaphyllon stems from Greek ‘stigma’ (thorn, point) and ‘phyllon’ (leaf); referring to the broad, leafy stigma. Stigmaphyllon…

Helianthus annuus

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Aka Girasol, or Helianthus, is native to North America, except for three species in South America. Helianthus stems from Greek: Hēlios, “sun” and anthos, “flower”. It is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae.  I had no idea Sunflowers grew here. I found these very close to the beach.…

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells) Aka Milliflora or wave Petunia. Calibrachoa (ca-libra-KO-a) is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. They have a sprawling habit, with small petunia-type flowers, and are native to south America, from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, inhabiting scrub and open grassland. The “Million Bells” refers to the ornamental varieties available.  They…

Caning odorata (Ylan Ylan)

Cananga odorata (Ylan-Ylan)

Cananga odorata (Ylan-Ylan) Aka the Cananga tree (Indonesian: kenanga, Balinese: sandat, Acehnese: seulanga, Filipino: ilang-ilang, Ilocano: allangigan), is a tropical tree that originates in the Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The tree has naturalized in the Caribbean. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang  (a name also sometimes used for the tree itself),…

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Cyperus ligularis (Alabama swamp flatsedge)

Cyperus ligularis (Alabama swamp flatsedge) Aka Junco de Agua, or Mariscus ligularis, is a sedge native to FL, Mexico; Central America; South America; the Caribbean and w. Africa. Its fruiting occurs throughout the year at beaches, brackish marshes, mangrove swamps, disturbed soils, ditches, riverbanks, and coastal croplands. Cyprus ligularis grows 4-5 ft. tall. They are abundant at…

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Cyperus Planifolius (Flatleaf Flatsedge)

All these images were taken with the iPhone 6s and the Camera + app. Cyperus Planifolius (Flatleaf Flatsedge), Aka Cortadera  or lambedora, is a herbaceous species in the family Cyperaceae, widespread in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. It is also a common sedge on the seashores of P.R., however, it is also common in the Neotropics…