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. …

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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…

Russelia

Inside the Spam Chest

Hi! I’ve been informed that the comments I make are going inside a spam folder, so if you’re wondering whether I’ve been making comments in your blog, the spam folder is the place to look. I didn’t know this sort of thing happened in WP, but apparently it does! The spam folder holds comments and…

Angelonia angustifolia

Angelonia angustifolia (Narrow-leaf Angelon)

Angelonia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Angelon) Aka Summer Snapdragon, or Boca de la Vieja,  is native to Mexico and the West Indies. The genus ‘Angelonia’ was once placed in the ‘Scrophulariaceae (figwort)’ family. It was then moved to the Plantaginaceae family. Blooms may be lavender, white, pink, or purple.  It has become a popular garden plant, and ‘Angelonia’ as a genus is…

Sporobolus virginicus (Seashore Dropseed)

Sporobolus virginicus (Seashore Dropseed)

Sporobolus virginicus (Seashore Dropseed) Aka Matojo de Playa, Matojo de Burro, Marine couch, Sand couch, Salt couch grass, Saltwater couch, Coastal rat-tail grass, and Nioaka,  is a species of grass with a wide distribution across the world. It grows in the Caribbean, U.S (from Texas to the Carolinas), Australia, New Zealand, in many islands of the Pacific,…

Bryophyllum daigremontianum

Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Mother of Thousands)

I decided to investigate a frequent “annoying weed” here in P.R., ‘Bryophyllum daigremontianum’. It turns out to be a fascinating succulent sometimes grouped with the ‘Kalanchoe’ genus from the Crassulaceae family (the Jade plant family), having the popular name of “Mother of Thousands” because of the multiple spoon-shaped bulbiliferous plantlets which grow on the borders…

Menthe pulegium (Pennyroyal)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass) is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to southern Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The species is also present in Australia and India, where it is probably a human introduction. Common names include: bushy lippia, hierba negra,…

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Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder)

This was a very confusing plant to ID since yellow flowers are extremely abundant as wildflowers. However, what’s most interesting about this plant is that it belongs to the Passifloraceae family, yet it bears absolutely no resemblance to other popular plants in this family, such as the Passion flower. Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder) Aka “yellow buttercups”,…

Gladiolus (Sword Lily)

Gladiolus (Sword Lily)

I was surprised to find the more common type of Gladiolus, a few weeks after I found the ones in the previous post. I decided to post these also, because they are more erect and emphasize the spike form even better. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were discovered in South Africa in the wild…

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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…