Caning odorata (Ylan Ylan)

Cananga odorata (Ylan-Ylan)

Cananga odorata (Ylan-Ylan) Aka the Cananga tree (Indonesian: kenanga, Balinese: sandat, Acehnese: seulanga, Filipino: ilang-ilang, Ilocano: allangigan), is a tropical tree that originates in the Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The tree has naturalized in the Caribbean. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang  (a name also sometimes used for the tree itself),…

Moringa oleifera

Moringa oleifera (Moringa)

To my surprise, I found a Moringa tree in the middle of a very busy street in P.R.. It took me some time to get the ID, and it turned out to be Moringa, a highly nutritious and medicinal tree cultivated here, but used ornamentally also. I shot all this handheld with the Canon 5D…

Casuarina equisetifolia

Casuarina equisetifolia (Beach Sheoak)

Casuarina equisetifolia (Beach Sheoak) Aka Australian pine tree, Beach Pine, Horsetail Tree, Arbol de Hierro (Spanish-Galapagos), Australian beefwood (English), Australian-pine (English), Beach she-oak (English), Beef wood-tree (English), Bois de fer (French), Casuarina, Coast she-oak (English), Eisenholz (German), Filao (French), Horsetailtree (English), Ironwood (English), Nokonoko (Fiji), Pin d’Australie (French), Pinheiro-da-Austrália (Portuguese), Pino Australiano (Puerto Rico), Strandkasuarine (German), or…

Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’

Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’, Aka Plumeria ‘Nebel’s Rainbow’, Lei Rainbow,  Paradise frangipani, Rainbow paucipan, Rainbow jasmine, Rainbow frangipani, or simply Plumeria. Plumeria rubra is native to continental tropical America though it is now widely cultivated throughout the world in tropical regions, including Australia. The first Plumeria rubra trees were introduced to Hawaii. They created an industry for making…

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…

Tabebuia rosea (Roble)

Tabebuia rosea (Roble), Aka Rose Trumpet Tree, Roble (Puerto Rico), Maquilishuat (El Salvador), Roble de Sabana, (savannah oak- Costa Rica), Rosy Trumpet tree or Pink Pouiis, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae. The common name “roble” is sometimes found in English. Tabebuia consists almost entirely of trees, but a few are often large shrubs. Tabebuia is…

Tecoma stans (Yellow Elder)

Tecoma stans (Yellow Elder) Aka Yellow Bells, Roble Amarillo, Ginger-thomas, Tecoma, Chacté (Guatemala), Cholán, Esperanza, Vainillo (Costa Rica), Fresno, Guarán amarillo o ipé, Trumpet flower, Florida Yellow Trumpet, Trumpetbush, Yellow trumpet bush, Yellow trumpet flower, or Yellowbells, is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Bignoniaceae are most…

Callistemon salignus (White Bottlebrush)

I’ve already blogged about The Red Bottlebrush Tree here. (Callistemon citrinus). I was really interested in photographing The White Bottlebrush Tree, so today I found them in boom. Callistemon salignus (White Bottlebrush) Aka Willow Bottlebrush, is from the genus Callistemon from the family Mystaceae of  shrubs and tress, first described as a genus in 1814. The entire genus is…

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…

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…

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,…

Silver Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia aura)

Silver Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia aura) Aka Tree-of-Gold, Yellow Poui, Yellow Tab, Lapacho, Paratodo, or Roble Amarillo, is a species of Tabebuia native to South America in Suriname, Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. Tabebuia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae. These flowers bloom without leaves, which is thought to be a…

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…

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…

The Papaya (Carica papaya)

The Papaya (Carica papaya) Aka Lechoza, Papaw, or Pawpaw, is the sole species in the genus Carica of the plant family Caricaceae. It is native to the neotropics, from southern Mexico and Central America, and has naturalised in the Caribbean and Pacific islands. “It was first cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classical civilisations.”-http://bit.ly/PvrnkT  “India leads the world in papaya production with an…