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…

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…

Albizia lebbeck (Acacia Amarilla)

Albizia lebbeck (Acacia Amarilla) Aka Lebbeck, Lebbek tree, Flea tree, East Indian walnut, Frywood, Koko and Woman’s tongues tree, is a species of Albizia, native to Indomalaya, New Guinea and Northern Australia. Widely cultivated and naturalised in other tropical and subtropical regions. “Acacia Amarilla” is the name used in P.R., although it’s not from the…

Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) and the Thyrse (updated)

Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) Aka Hanuman Kireetam, Orange Tower Flower, Clerodendron, or Pangil-pangil or panggil-panggil (Malay) is native to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and much of southeastern Asia. It is widely cultivated in tropical gardens throughout the world. Clerodendrum paniculatum was first described in 1767 by the ‘father’ of modern biological nomenclature – the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus.…

Senna corymbosa (Southern Cassia)

Senna corymbosa (Southern Cassia) Aka Yellow Cassia, Flowery Senna, Argentine Senna, Argentina Senna, Buttercup Bush, Flowering Senna, Texas Flowery Senna or Tree Senna, is an ornamental plant in the genus Senna, but formerly belonged to the ‘cassia’ genus. Its epithet “corymbosa” stems from “corymb” meaning “a flat-topped inflorescence”, from Greek “korymbos”.  Senna corymbosa is one of…

Bauhinia variegata ‘Candida’ (White Orchid Tree)

Bauhinia variegata ‘Candida’ (White Orchid Tree) Aka Pata de Vaca, Bauhinia, Orquidea de Pobre, Butterfly Ash, Butterfly Tree, Camel’s Foot, Camel’s Foot tree, Orchid Tree, Buddhist Bauhinia, Florida tree, Orchidtree, Poor Man’s Orchid, Variegated Orchid tree, Hong Kong Orchid Tree, White Bauhinia, White Camel’s Foot, Mountain Orchid Tree, and White Mountain Ebony, is native to India, but has…

Mimosa strigillosa (Sunshine Mimosa)

Mimosa strigillosa, Aka Sunshine Mimosa or Powderpuff, is a perennial groundcover in the Fabaceae family that is native to nearly all US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico and grows north into Georgia and Arkansas as well as native to FL, LA, MS, TX. I posted about Mimosa pudica already, which is extremely similar to this plant,…

Colville’s Glory (Colvillea racemosa)

Colville’s Glory (Colvillea racemosa) is native to Madagascar, and it’s a distant cousin of Delnoix Regia. It is a species of legume in the Fabaceae family. I sighted this tree in southern Florida. Flowers are pendulous inflorescences which are a foot or more long, with grape-like clusters of round bright orange/red flower buds. These open from the…

Candle Bush (Senna alata)

Candle Bush (Senna alata) Aka Flor del Secreto, Candelabra Bush, Empress Candle Plant, Talantro, Talantalán, Vela de la Emperatriz, Arbusto de Vela, Ringworm Tree, and Candletree, is native to Mexico, and grows in pantropical regions. This tree or shrub, is called ‘Candle Tree’ because the flowers have a vibrant yellowish, orange color, apparently attributed to have a candle-like appearance with ‘flaming’ color. The species…

Leucaena leucocephala (The White Leadtree)

Leucaena leucocephala (The White Leadtree) Aka Jumpy Bean, jumbay, guaje, white popinac. The specific name is derived from the Greek words Leucaena, meaning “white”, and leucocephala, meaning “head”, referring to its flowers. It is a small, fast-growing tree native to southern Mexico and northern Central America (Belize and Guatemala), and is now naturalized throughout the tropics. It is known to grow in subtropical U.S. (California, Arizona, Texas and Florida),  Philippines, Taiwan, Hawaii, Fiji and northern Australia.…

An Update on the Tree Seedlings

A Poinciana Tree Seedling with Taproot Exposed This is one of the seedlings I germinated showing the main taproot. “A taproot is an enlarged, somewhat straight to tapering plant root that grows downward. It forms a center from which other roots sprout laterally.  Most trees begin life with a taproot, but after one to a few years the main root system changes to a wide-spreading…

The Flamboyán Tree Legacy

The Flamoyán Tree (Poinciana Tree) Legacy is what I consider these seedlings to be. I’ve germinated the seeds I accumulated out of the pods that I used for shooting images, and read about germinating seeds indoors. The seedlings are already sprouting true Poinciana leaves and soon will be repotted. Growing seedlings can be time consuming as they…

Profile of the Pink Orchid Tree (Bauhinia monandra)

The Pink Orchid Tree (Bauhinia monandra) aka Butterfly Flower; Pink Bauhinia; and Napoleon’s plume. Native to Madagascar, but has been naturalised in Burma, Australia, Christmas Island, the Caribbean, southern USA and the Pacific Islands. Bauhinia was named for the Bauhin brothers, 16th century Swiss botanists; monandra is from the Greek word ‘monos’, alone, and ‘andros’, of only one man because it only has one anther. The large 5-petaled orchid-like…

Dwarf Poincianas in Bloom

The Dwarf Poinciana in Puerto  Rico has begun to attract my attention, as they have extremely long stamens and represented a challenge to photograph. Again, I had to cut one and photograph it in a studio setting in order to get enough depth of field and appreciate all of the flower in full focus. Common names…