Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa (Million Bells) Aka Milliflora or wave Petunia. Calibrachoa (ca-libra-KO-a) is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. They have a sprawling habit, with small petunia-type flowers, and are native to south America, from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, inhabiting scrub and open grassland. The “Million Bells” refers to the ornamental varieties available.  They…

Petunia × atkinsiana ‘Storm Pink’

Petunia × atkinsiana ‘Storm Pink’ is from the Petunia genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae. The popular flower of the same name derived its epithet from the French, which took the word petun, meaning…

Cestrum diurnum (Day Jessamine)

Cestrum diurnum (Day Jessamine) Aka Jazmín Diurno, Day-blooming Cestrum, Day-blooming Jessamine, and Day-blooming Jasmine, White Chocolate Jasmine, Inkberry, Day Jessamine, Day Blooming Jasmine, China Berry, or Din ka Raja (King of the day), in Urdu and Hindi. It is a species of Cestrum, native to the West Indies. The scent of this quick-growing and evergreen woody shrub,…

Brunfelsia lactea (Lady of the Night)

Brunfelsia lactea (Lady of the Night) Aka Jasmín del monte, Aguacero, Vega Blanca, or Dama de la Noche, is the Brunfelsia genus endemic to Puerto Rico. It belongs to the Solanaceae family. It’s an evergreen shrub or occasionally a small tree. Dark leathery green leaves are elliptic, oval, or obovate, 5 to 15 cm long and 2.5…

Brunfelsia grandiflora (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)

Brunfelsia grandiflora (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), Aka Royal Purple Brunfelsia, Aka Kiss-Me-Quick, Ayer-Hoy-Mañana, or Chiriq Sananku) is a flowering shrub in the nightshade: Solanaceae family, the family of potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants. It is native to South America (Colombia to Bolivia on the eastern slopes of the Andes), but has naturalized in P.R. and is mainly kept as…

The Devil’s Trumpet (Datura metel)

The Devil’s Trumpet (Datura metel) Aka Moonflower, Thorn Apple, and Metel. Believe it or not, I had this Datura flower in my portable hard drive since 2006, when I noticed this beautiful ruffled flower blooming inconspicuously out on the patio where I lived. I wasn’t even interested in flora yet, but I took the picture anyway. Yesterday I posted…

Pink Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)

Pink Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)  I had already encountered Angel’s Trumpet at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, but this time I photographed this pink form of Brugmansia suaveolens at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, and was more satisfied with the image. To my amazement, the Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae,…

The Eggplant (Solanum melongena)

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) Aka as Aubergine, Melongene, Garden egg, Guinea Squash, and Berenjena. It belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. I’ve already blogged about another member of this family, the Wild Eggplant. The plant is native to the Indian Subcontinent, but has naturalised in all pantropical regions of the world, where it also grows as a weed. The name Solanaceae derives from the genus Solanum, “the…

Solanum torvum (The Wild Eggplant)

Solanum torvum (The Wild Eggplant) aka Turkey Berry, Devil’s Fig, Prickly Nightshade, Bermeja cimarrona,  Shoo-shoo Bush, Pea Eggplant, Sundaikkai, Susumber, Gully-bean, berenjena de gallina, berenjena silvestre, tabacón, and pendejera, among others. I found it growing by a small creek and its star shaped bloom immediately called my attention. I also liked the shape of the five yellow stamens which in this flower…