Tabernaemontana pachysiphon

Tabernaemontana pachysiphon (Giant Pinwheel Flower)

Tabernaemontana pachysiphon, Aka Conopharyngia angolensis (Stapf) Stapf, Conopharyngia cumminsii Stapf, Conopharyngia holstii (K.Schum) Stapf, Conopharyngia pachysiphon (Stapf), Sarcopharyngia angolensis (Stapf) L.Allorge, Tabernaemontana angolensis Stapf, Tabernaemontana holstii K.Schum, Voacanga dichotoma K.Schum, is a shrub and small tree native to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, and is in bloom at the Fairchild Botanical gardens…

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.…

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…

Nerium oleander White Form

I’ve already written three posts on Nerium Oleanders, merely covering the different color varieties. Here’s the white form. Oleander shrubs abound in P.R. This shrub measures at least 15 ft. tall. Nerium oleander L. [as Nerium flore albo] Common Oleander, Oleander, Rose bay, Rosebay, Sweet scented oleander, Weinmann, J.W., Phytanthoza iconographia, vol. 3: t. 754, fig. b…

Thevetia ahouai (Broadleaf thevetia)

Thevetia ahouai (Broadleaf thevetia) Aka Huevos de perro, Huevos de Gato, Cascabela, Cojón de miko, Huevo de tigre, Cojón de gato, Lavaperro, Dog’s balls, Ix akitz, Ankitz, or Yellow oleander, is a small shrub or tree native to central America, Cuba, P.R., and northern South America. In Panama it can be found pretty much throughout the country. The…

Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’

Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’, Aka Plumeria ‘Nebel’s Rainbow’, Lei Rainbow,  Paradise frangipani, Rainbow paucipan, Rainbow jasmine, Rainbow frangipani, or simply Plumeria. Plumeria rubra is native to continental tropical America though it is now widely cultivated throughout the world in tropical regions, including Australia. The first Plumeria rubra trees were introduced to Hawaii. They created an industry for making…

Plumeria pudica (Bridal Bouquet)

Plumeria pudica (Bridal Bouquet) Aka Velo de Novia, Fiddle Leaf Plumeria, Wild Plumeria, Bonairian oleander, Naag champa (Bengali), and Wild Frangipani,  is a species of the genus Plumeria (Apocynaceae), native to Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. This profuse bloomer has unusual spoon-shaped leaves, and its flowers are white with a yellow centre. The leaves are quite distinctive. They have…

Allamanda blanchetii ‘Cherries Jubilee’ (Purple Allamanda)

Allamanda blanchetii (Purple Allamanda) Aka Violet Allamanda, Cherry Allamanda, Cherries Jubilee, Canario Morado, (syn. Allamanda violacea) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae. It is native to Brazil. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant, but has naturalized in tropical America. This evergreen tropical vine blooms during summer and fall: glossy point burgundy-brown…

Allamanda cathartica ‘Dwarf Brown Bud’

Allamanda cathartica, Aka Golden Trumpet, Common Trumpetvine, Canario Amarillo,  Yellow Allamanda, Brownbud Allamanda, Buttercup flower, Cup of Gold, Golden Allamanda, Golden Cup, Guinea herb, or Yellow Bell, is a species of flowering plant of the genus Allamanda in the family Apocynaceae. It is native to Brazil. One of the most common Allamandas, this cultivar called…

Allamanda schottii (Bush Allamanda)

Allamanda schottii, commonly called Bush Allamanda is an evergreen tropical shrub native to Brazil. Aka Golden Trumpet, Common Trumpetvine, Canario Amarillo, Yellow Bell, or Yellow Allamanda, is a species of flowering plant of the genus Allamanda in the family Apocynaceae.  The genus name Allamanda honors the Swiss botanist and physician Frédéric-Louis Allamand (1735–1803). Allamandas have become…

Cryptostegia grandiflora (Indian Rubber Vine)

Cryptostegia grandiflora (Indian Rubber Vine) Aka Rubber Vine, Purple Allamanda, Nerium grandiflora, Palay Rubber, and Canario Morado Falso, is a woody-perennial vine that is native to south-west Madagascar. It is also a significant weed in northern Australia, sometimes regarded as the worst weed in Australia. It has also been introduced to most other tropical and subtropical…

Adenium obesum (Desert Rose)

The Desert Rose is far from being a Rose. It’s not even in the Rose family and the name can actually make someone believe it is, simply because of its color and beauty. I made three ‘high key’ versions, and I layered them just to isolate the shrub from the background, so you could appreciate…

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle)

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle) Aka Playera, Rosy Periwinkle, Flor de la Alegría, Vinca, Cape Periwinkle, Rose Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, and “Old-Maid”, Alegría de la Casa, Chavelita, Dominica, Pervinca de Madagascar, Vinca de Madagascar, Vicaria,Vicaria Blanca, or Violeta Blanca. It is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. It is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant…

Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum)

Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum) Aka Big Num-Num (Eng.); Grootnoem-noem (Afr.); or Amatungulu (Zulu),  is a shrub native to South Africa, where it is commonly called the Large Num-Num. Carissa is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub that is wind and salt resistant and can grow in coastal areas. From a distance it looks identical to Jasmine, but belongs to…

Tabernaemontana divaricata (Pinwheel Flower)

Tabernaemontana divaricata (Pinwheel Flower) Aka Crape Jasmine, East India Rosebay,  Nero’s Crown, False Jasmine, Taberna, and Jazmín del Cabo, is an evergreen shrub native to India and now cultivated throughout the Tropical Americas and South East Asia. It is widely used as an ornamental shrub in the tropics, flowering all throughout the year. USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11. I had…

Climbing Oleander (Strophanthus gratus)

I will be covering some exotic tropicals, such as Climbing Oleander (Strophanthus gratus), which is grown in P.R. in public gardens as an ornamental, but which I find little information about because they are native to the “Old World Tropics”. This was shot at a public museum garden. S. gratus is native to Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and also found in Taiwan…