Lagerstroemia indica Dwarfs (Crepe Myrtle Bush)

Lagerstroemia indica Dwarfs (Crepe Myrtle Bush) About three years ago, I posted about Lagerstroemia speciosa, the beautiful tree in P.R. called “La Reina de las Flores” or “Queen’s Crepe Myrtle”.  Nevertheless, I was not aware that the genus Lagerstroemia indica has several dwarfed varieties which are grown in people’s yards and don’t need the aggressive…

Lagerstroemia speciosa (Queen’s Crepe Myrtle) Part One

Lagerstroemia speciosa Aka Giant Crape-myrtle, Queen’s Crape-myrtle, Banabá Plant, Crespón, Orgullo de la India, La Reina de las Flores, Pride of India, Árbol de Júpiter, and Lila de Indias, is a species of Lagerstroemia native to tropical southern Asia. It has naturalised in the Caribbean and neotropics. Every year the Lagerstroemia speciosa blooms in Puerto Rico from April…

Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Eucalyptus)

Eucalyptus deglupta aka Rainbow Eucalyptus, Mindanao Gum, Arbol Arco Iris, Kamarere, or Rainbow Gum is a fast growing, tall tree. It is one of the only Eucalyptus species that’s not native to Australia. It is native to Philippines, Indonesia and New Guinea. It has naturalised in both tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Taiwan, Malaysia,…

Lemon Guava (Psidium lucidium)

Lemon Guava (Psidium lucidium) Aka Yellow Strawberry Guava, Guayabo, Guava, and Guayaba. Guava are plants in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium, which contains about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics and subtropics in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, subtropical regions of North America, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. “Guavas are also of interest to home growers in temperate areas. They are one of…

Malay Apple Tree (Syzygium malaccense)

Malay Apple Tree (Syzygium malaccense) Aka Malay Apple, Malay Rose Apple, Pomarrosa (PuertoRico), Tahitian Apple (Jamaica), Tonga (Hawaii), Manzana de Agua, Manzana Malaya, Pomagás, Pomagá, Marañon Japones, Pomalaca o Marañon Curazao, is a species of flowering tree native to Malaysia, but has been introduced throughout the tropics, including many Caribbean countries and territories, such as Panamá, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. This post has taken a year in the making,…

Cuphea strigulosa (Stiffhair Waxweed)

Cuphea strigulosa (Stiffhair Waxweed) Aka Hierba de Toro and Cigar Plant, is native to Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador,  Peru, West Indies, Venezuela, and naturalised in Southern Florida. It is an annual and perennial herb that was discovered in the Florida Everglades on 1998 by Rick and Jean Seavy: http://www.seaveyfieldguides.com/About%20Us/new_USA_plant_species_discovered.htm   Its generic name is derived from the Greek word ‘kyphos’ meaning “bent,” “curved,” or “humped”, and “strigulosa” stemming from Latin ‘strigosa’,…

The Rose Apple Tree (Syzygium jambos)

The Rose Apple Tree Flower (Syzygium jambos) is a tree originating in Southeast Asia and occurring widely elsewhere, having been introduced as an ornamental and fruit tree in pantropical regions of the world. Aka “plum rose”, “water apple”, “Malay apple”, “jambrosade”, and “pomarrosa”, or the English equivalent, “rose apple”. The Rose Apple Tree bears a perfect flower (male and female parts in each…