Coffea arabica (Mountain Coffee)

If you think Jasmine, Gardenia, or Jessamine are fragrant, you haven’t smelled the coffee flower. I think it’s the most fragrant of all. I happened to encounter a coffee shrub belonging to one of the houses close to the beach, blooming and fruiting at the same time. These coffee shrubs are able to thrive about…

Morinda citrifolia (Noni Tree)

Morinda citrifolia (Noni Tree) Aka Great Morinda, Guanábana Cimarrona, Fruta del Diablo, Mora de la India, Indian Mulberry, Noni (Hawaii), Wild Pine, Hog Apple, Beach Mulberry, and Cheese Fruit, is a tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends through Southeast Asia and Australasia, and the species is now cultivated throughout the tropics…

Mussaenda philippica (Rosea)

I’ve already posted about the white Mussaenda frondosa here. Today I will show you a salmon pink variety called Mussaenda philippica, which is native to the Philippines, but is used widely as an ornamental.Mussaenda philippica (Rosea) Aka Ashanti Blood, Salmon Rosea, Red Flag Bush, Buddah’s Lamp, and Tropical Dogwood, is an evergreen originally from West Africa.…

Gonzalagunia hirsuta (Rabo de Raton)

Gonzalagunia hirsuta (Rabo de Raton) Aka Mata de Mariposa, is a herbaceous perennial shrub native to the Caribbean, specifically to Grenada; and Latin America, however, very abundant in P.R.. Its name honors Francisco González Laguna, ex Provincial from religious group of “Clérigos Agonizantes”, correspondent of the Jardín Real Botánico de Madrid and in charge of the botanical…

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides), Aka Common Gardenia, Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine, Yasmin, Jasmín, and Gardenia augusta, grows wild in P.R.. It is an evergreen flowering plant of the family Rubiaceae. It originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar and India. It has naturalised in pantropical areas of the  world. It can also grow in…

Mussaenda frondosa

Mussaenda frondosa Aka as Flag Bush, Museanda Jíbara, Dohbi Tree, Rosea, and Bangkok Rose, is native to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has white sepals and reddish-orange flowers. It is a smaller shrub 1.5 to 2 metres (5 to 6 feet) tall by 1.5 to 2 metres (5 to 6 feet) wide. The foliage…

Jungle Geranium (Ixora Coccinea)

Jungle Geranium (Ixora Coccinea) ISO 500, 1/80, f/8, @100mm Ixora is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It consists of tropical evergreen trees and shrubs and holds around 500 species. There are so many varieties in color and shades, sizes, and shapes. Though native to the tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, its centre of diversity is in Tropical Asia.  …