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…

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Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb)

Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb) Aka Silver cock’s comb, Flor de Terciopelo, Espinaca de Lagos, Cresta de Gallo, Cockscomb, Plume Plant, Feathered Amaranth, Plumed Celosia, and Woolflower is native to Central and South America, Africa, Spain, and Asia. The generic name is derived from the Greek word κήλεος (keleos), meaning “burned,” and refers to the flame-like flower…

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia)

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia)

Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia) Aka Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac and Hortensia. Hydrangea macrophylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to Japan. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) broad with large heads of pink or…

Moringa oleifera

Moringa oleifera (Moringa)

To my surprise, I found a Moringa tree in the middle of a very busy street in P.R.. It took me some time to get the ID, and it turned out to be Moringa, a highly nutritious and medicinal tree cultivated here, but used ornamentally also. I shot all this handheld with the Canon 5D…

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Euphorbia candelabrum (Candelabra Tree)

Euphorbia candelabrum (Candelabra Tree) Aka Euphorbia Cactus, Candelabro, Qwolqwal,  Adaamii, Naboom, or Euphorbia ingens, is endemic to  south and eastern Africa. However, it has naturalized in central America, Caribbean, and southern Pacific tropical zones. The branches are segmented with spines running along the ridges of the segments. It produces small, greenish yellow flowers on the ridges of the…

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Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactus Pear)

Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Aka Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, Chumbera, Smooth Mountain Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, Mission Cactus, Tuberous Prickly Pear, Spineless cactus, and Prickly pear, Nopal, or Tuna. Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the…

Tribulus cistoides

Tribulus cistoides (Puncture Vine)

Tribulus cistoides (Puncture Vine) Aka Jamaican Fever Plant, Spiny-fruited caltrop, Yerba Araña, Abrojo, or Large Yellow Caltrop, is a species of flowering plant in the Zygophyllaceae family, which is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions. Puncture vine has naturalized in Tropical America but because of its tolerance to salt and drought conditions, it has been…

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Spill Your Perfume

Due to my father’s dying, I will not be able to keep up with your blogs. I apologize for this inconvenience. I will also be retiring the “Like” feature, but not the “Like” post. I also apologize for this inconvenience. The blog will be open, however, for comments and conversation only. Mi papa esta falleciendo.…