Vanda Orchid

Vanda coerulea, aka Blue Orchid. This is a Vanda Orchid at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, in Miami. Vanda is a genus in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) which, although not large (about fifty species), belongs to a subfamily of Orchids called the Epidendroideae, which comprise more than 15,000 species. They are the largest Orchid plants (large specimens can easily grow…

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid (Yellow Form) Aka Moth Orchid. Phalaenopsis is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. Many are hybrids of Phalaenopsis amabilis, Phalaenopsis schilleriana or Phalaenopsis stuartiana. The generic name stems from Greek “phalaina”, butterfly, and “opsis”,…

Hippeastrum striatum

(Note: this post has been revised to clarify ID of plant) Hippeastrum striatum, is a flowering perennial herbaceous bulbous plant, in the Amaryllidaceae family, native to tropical America.  It is a bulbous perennial native to tropical regions of South America although it has become naturalized elsewhere. It is said to neither be a lily nor a a…

Mexican Tuberose ‘Azucena’ (Polianthes tuberosa)

Mexican Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) Aka Polyanthus Lily, Azucena, Nardo, Tuberose, Flor de Muerto, and Vara de San José, is native to Mexico, and it’s a perennial plant related to the Agaves (subfamily Agavoideae). It’s with the family of Asparagaceae, genus Polianthes, which means “many flowers” in Greek. ‘Tuberose’ comes from Latin, meaning ‘swollen tube’ or bulb. I’ve already…

The Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum)

This is a very popular ornamental plant in both Puerto Rico and Florida, the Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum), aka Poison Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum Lily, Spider Lily, Lirio del Pantano y Lirio Araña. Crinum asiaticum is native to tropical southeastern Asia. It is now a very popular landscape plant in Florida, the Gulf Coast, California and other warm climate areas.…

The Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)

The Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus) Aka as Sprenger’s Asparagus, Basket Asparagus Fern, Ground Asparagus, Foxtail Fern, Helecho Espárrago, Esparraguera, Uña de gato, Garra de gato, ó Espareguera de jardín, is a plant native to South Africa. Often used as an ornamental plant, it is considered an invasive weed in many locations such as Florida and Hawaii  in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. The Asparagus…

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) Aka Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Lengua de Suegra, Bowstring Hemp, Saint George’s Sword or Lengua de Vaca,  is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. “It is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a…