Swietenia mahagoni (Mahogani)

Swietenia mahagoni, aka the West Indian mahogany, or Caoba, is a species of Swietenia native to southern Florida in the United States and islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is the species from which the original mahogany wood was produced. In this post I will only post…

Acacia auriculiformis

Acacia auriculiformis (Earleaf Acacia)

Acacia auriculiformis (Earleaf Acacia),  Aka Auri, Earleaf Acacia, Earpod Wattle, Northern Black Wattle, Papuan Wattle, and Tan wattle, or Skashmoni in Bengali, is a fast-growing, crooked, gnarly tree in the family Fabaceae. It is native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It grows up to 30m (98 ft) tall. It is said that Acacia…

Cyclamen persicum (Florist’s Cyclamen)

Cyclamen persicum (Florist’s Cyclamen) Aka Persian Cyclamen, is native to the eastern Mediterranean, growing on rocky hillsides, shrubland, and woodland up to 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level, from south-central Turkey to Israel and Jordan. It also grows in Algeria and Tunisia and on the Greek islands of Rhodes, Karpathos, and Crete. I have…

Senna occidentalis (Coffee Senna)

Senna occidentalis (Coffee Senna) Aka Septicweed, Hedionda, Coffeeweed, Mogdad coffee, Negro-coffee, Senna coffee, Stephanie coffee, Stinkingweed or Styptic weed, is a pantropical species native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, and naturalized elsewhere. It formerly belonged to the Cassia genus, now it’s Senna. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. This was shot handheld at f/16, ISO…

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi f. variegata (Rainbow Kalanchoe)

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi f. variegata (Rainbow Kalanchoe)

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi f. variegata (Rainbow Kalanchoe) Aka Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Raym.-Hamet & H.Perrier, Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Raym.-Hamet & H.Perrier) Lauz.-March., Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi var. isalensis Boiteau & Mannoni, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi f. variegata hort., Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi f. variegata hort., or Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi f. marginata hort., is native to central-southern Madagascar. Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi) is cultivated in the tropics and as a house plant in the temperate…

Hyanthus orientalis

Hyacinthus orientalis (Common Hyacinth)

I’m back in Florida again, so as soon as I entered a supermarket, I noticed a potted Hyacinthus. I had no idea it was so fragrant. So I decided to write a post. Hyacinthus orientalis (Common Hyacinth) Aka Dutch Hyacinthus, Garden Hyacinthus, or Jacinto (in Spanish), is native to Turkey and the Middle East, and along…

Dissotis rotundifolia (Trailing Dissotis)

Dissotis rotundifolia (Trailing Dissotis) Aka Spanish Shawl, Pinklady, or Trailing Tibouchina, comes from a genus of plants in the tibouchina family Melastomataceae. They are distributed in tropical America, as well as the old world.  The genus name is based on the Greek word dissos, which means ‘twofold’. This refers to the two types of anthers which…

Pothos

Epipremnum aureum (Pothos)

Epipremnum aureum (Pothos) Aka Golden pothos, Centipede tongavine, Hunter’s robe, Ivy arum, Money plant, Silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, Taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill.  Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo’orea, French Polynesia.…

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa (Costilla de Adán)

Monstera deliciosa (Costilla de Adán) Aka Swiss Cheese Plant, Adam’s Rib, Tarovine, Fruit salad plant, Fruit salad tree (in reference to its edible fruit, which tastes similar to a fruit salad), Ceriman, Cheese plant, Monster fruit, Monsterio delicio, Monstereo, Mexican breadfruit, Locust and wild honey, Windowleaf, Balazo, and Penglai banana. The names in Spanish (costilla de…

Aster

Aster alpinus (Alpine aster)

Aster alpinus (Alpine aster) Aka Aster Species, Alpine Aster, or Wild Aster, is an ornamental plant native to the mountains of Europe (including the Alps), with a subspecies native to Canada and the United States. It is a perennial forb (a forb  is a herbaceous flowering plant that is not a graminoid and its name is derived…

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed-Susan)

I’ve always planned to cover this plant although it’s not tropical. It’s hardy to USDA zones 3-9,  although in P.R. it can only grow as an anual in high elevations (in highest peaks where coffee is grown). I took these images in the Fort Pierce botanical garden in Florida called “Heathcote Botanical Gardens”, a very pleasant garden…

Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell)

Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell) Aka Bejuqillo de Puerco, Aiea morning glory, Little bell, Pink convolvulus, Pitted morning glory, Potato vine, or Three-lobed morning glory, is native to the tropical Americas, but it is widespread in warm areas of the world, where it is an introduced species. It belongs to the Convolvulaceae family of morning glories.Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell) is the smallest…

Barleria repens (Small Bush Violet)

Barleria repens (Small Bush Violet)

Barleria repens (Small bush violet) Aka Red Barleria, Coral Barleria, Coral Creeper, is a plant of the Acanthaceae family. It occurs in forests and woodlands from tropical Africa to South Africa, but has naturalized in tropical America. It usually forms a rounded to spreading bushy shrub up to 1 ft., but may sometimes also climb…

Huernia zebrina

Huernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant)

Huernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant) Aka Little owl eyes, Owl eyes, Zebra-stripped Huernia, Carrion flower, or Lifebuoy Huernia is from the genus Huernia (family Apocynaceae). Huernia zebrina has a wide distribution being found in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and the Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Provinces of South Africa. Its subfamily is that of Asclepiadaceae , the milkweed family.…

Malvaviscus

Malvaviscus arboreus (Turk’s Cap)

Malvaviscus arboreus penduliflorus Alba (White Turk’s Cap) aka Turkcap, Mazapan, Turk’s turban, Wax mallow, Ladie’s teardrop and Scotchman’s purse,  is a species of flowering plant in the hibiscus family, Malvaceae, that is native to the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The plant has naturalized in tropical America but is less drought tolerant than…

Mandevilla sanderi (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Alba’)

Mandevilla sanderi (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Alba’)

Mandevilla sanderi (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Alba’) Aka Mandevila blanca, Rocktumpet, Dipladenia sanderi, Brazilian jasmine, White Chilean Jasmine ‘Alba’,  is a vine belonging to the Mandevilla genus. The species is endemic to the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but is also native to the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America. …

Pentalinon luteum (Yellow Mandevilla Vine)

Pentalinon luteum (Yellow Mandevilla Vine) Aka Wild Alamanda, Alamanda silvestre, Babeiro Amarillo, Hammock viper’s-tail, Licebush, Wild wist, Yellow mandevilla, and  Allamanda dipladenia, is a vining plant native to islands of the Caribbean, Honduras, and the U.S. state of Florida. Although Pentalinon is referred to a “Mandevilla”,  it belongs to a different genus which is circumscribed  to…

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage) Aka Moradilla  Blood sage, Texas sage, Hummingbird Sage, or Tropical sage, is a herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae family that is widespread throughout the Southeastern United States,  including Texas,  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, South Carolina and a single county in Ohio. It is native also to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Salvia is…