Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed-Susan)

I’ve always planned to cover this plant although it’s not tropical. It’s hardy to USDA zones 3-9,  although in P.R. it can only grow as an anual in high elevations (in highest peaks where coffee is grown). I took these images in the Fort Pierce botanical garden in Florida called “Heathcote Botanical Gardens”, a very pleasant garden…

Bryophyllum daigremontianum

Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Mother of Thousands)

I decided to investigate a frequent “annoying weed” here in P.R., ‘Bryophyllum daigremontianum’. It turns out to be a fascinating succulent sometimes grouped with the ‘Kalanchoe’ genus from the Crassulaceae family (the Jade plant family), having the popular name of “Mother of Thousands” because of the multiple spoon-shaped bulbiliferous plantlets which grow on the borders…

Menthe pulegium (Pennyroyal)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass)

Lippia alba (Bushy Matgrass) is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to southern Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The species is also present in Australia and India, where it is probably a human introduction. Common names include: bushy lippia, hierba negra,…

Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder)

This was a very confusing plant to ID since yellow flowers are extremely abundant as wildflowers. However, what’s most interesting about this plant is that it belongs to the Passifloraceae family, yet it bears absolutely no resemblance to other popular plants in this family, such as the Passion flower. Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder) Aka “yellow buttercups”,…

Ocimum basilicum (Albaca)

Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

Ocimum basilicum (Basil) Aka Albhaca, Alhábega, Great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). It is also called the “king of herbs” and the “royal herb”. The name “basil” comes from Greek (basilikón phutón), meaning “royal/kingly plant”. This plant is growing wild at a neighbor’s backyard, and since it was partly…

Helianthus annuus

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Aka Girasol, or Helianthus, is native to North America, except for three species in South America. Helianthus stems from Greek: Hēlios, “sun” and anthos, “flower”. It is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae.  I had no idea Sunflowers grew here. I found these very close to the beach.…

Cyperus ligularis (Alabama swamp flatsedge)

Cyperus ligularis (Alabama swamp flatsedge) Aka Junco de Agua, or Mariscus ligularis, is a sedge native to FL, Mexico; Central America; South America; the Caribbean and w. Africa. Its fruiting occurs throughout the year at beaches, brackish marshes, mangrove swamps, disturbed soils, ditches, riverbanks, and coastal croplands. Cyprus ligularis grows 4-5 ft. tall. They are abundant at…

Cyperus Planifolius (Flatleaf Flatsedge)

All these images were taken with the iPhone 6s and the Camera + app. Cyperus Planifolius (Flatleaf Flatsedge), Aka Cortadera  or lambedora, is a herbaceous species in the family Cyperaceae, widespread in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. It is also a common sedge on the seashores of P.R., however, it is also common in the Neotropics…

Tribulus cistoides

Tribulus cistoides (Puncture Vine)

Tribulus cistoides (Puncture Vine) Aka Jamaican Fever Plant, Spiny-fruited caltrop, Yerba Araña, Abrojo, or Large Yellow Caltrop, is a species of flowering plant in the Zygophyllaceae family, which is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions. Puncture vine has naturalized in Tropical America but because of its tolerance to salt and drought conditions, it has been…

Talinum fruticosum (Waterleaf)

Note: This post has been revised to include another macro on 3/18/16 Talinum fruticosum (Waterleaf) Aka Talinum triangulare, Ceylon spinach, Cariru, Surinam purslane, Philippine spinach, Florida spinach, Potherb fameflower, Lagos bologi, and Sweetheart is widely grown in tropical regions as a leaf vegetable.  It is native to Northern and S. America , Peru, Ecuador, north to the Caribbean and through…

Commelina erecta with iPhone 6s

I’m still hesitant to post many images with the camera phone, but there is an app called Camera+ which has a dedicated macro mode. I’m still amazed at the sharpness of this camera phone with this app in macro mode. I still had to burn down some highlights in Photoshop, but this image is very…

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed)

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed)

Alternanthera brasiliana (Brazilian Joyweed) Aka  Joyweed, Joseph’s coat, Gomphrena Braziliana, Ruby Leaf, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant, or Joy Weed ‘Purple Knight’.  Brazilian joyweed is a tender perennial from Mexico, the West Indies, Central America and Brazil. It is grown for its richly colored foliage, dense habit and exceptional heat tolerance. This shrubby species can grow as high…

Zephyranthes carinata

Zephyranthes rosea (Pink Rain Lily)

Note: this post was revised on 12/9/15 Zephyranthes rosea (Pink Rain Lily) Cuban zephyr lily, Duende dojo, Rosy rain lily, Rose fairy lily,  or Pink rain lily, is a species of rain lily native to Peru and Colombia. They are widely cultivated as ornamentals and have become naturalized in tropical regions worldwide.  It is widely planted…

Stachytarpheta cayennensis (Blue Snakeweed)

Stachytarpheta cayennensis (Blue Snakeweed) Aka Pinche de gato, Rabo de zorro, Cayenne snakeweed, Dark-blue snakeweed, Bluetop, Nettle-leaf porterweed, Rattail, Rough-leaf false vervain, Blue rat’s tail, Brazilian tea, Cayenne vervain, False verbena, Joee, Nettleleaf velvet berry, and Cayenne porter weed. It is native to the Americas, from Mexico south through Central and South America to Argentina,…

Bidens alba (Shepherd’s Needles)

This concludes my posting of wildflowers for the time being. I was interested in sharing these last two popular wildflowers form the Asteraceae family. Bidens alba (Shepherd’s Needles) Aka Spanish Needles, Romerillo, Beggarticks, or Butterfly Needles, is native to the neotropics, including the U.S., México, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guayana Francesa, Guyana,…

Tridax procumbens (Coat Buttons)

I’m only covering the wildflowers most commonly seen in P.R.. However, this blog will continue to emphasize on ornamental plants after these few I’ve been posting. Tridax procumbens (Coat Buttons) Aka Romerillo, Tridax Daisy, Bakenbox, Cadillo, Chisaaca, Curagusano, Hierba de San Juan, or San Juan del monte, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy…

Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root) Aka  Fever Root, Snapdragon Root, Sheep Potato, Waterkanon, Watrakanu, Minnieroot, Iron root, Feverroot, Popping Pod, Duppy Gun, Wayside tuberosa, Gunipeca batard, Bluebell, or Cracker plant, is a species of flowering plant in the Acanthaceae family. Its native range is in Central America (Caribbean, México, Central and South America (Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Perú) and has…

Ruellia metziae Tharp (Metz’s Wild Petunia)

Ruellia metziae Tharp (Metz’s Wild Petunia) Aka Ruellia Malacosperma ‘ Alba’, Wild White Ruellia, Wild White Petunia, Ruellia tuberosa‘ White Form’, Minnie Root, Fever Root, Snapdragon Root and Sheep Potato, is a species in the genus Ruellia which contains approximately 166 to 584 species and belongs to the family of the Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family). The type species of…

Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree)

Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree) Aka Vitex, Chasteberry, Hemp Tree, Texas Lilac, Mexican Lavender, Abraham’s Balm, Lilac Chastetree, or Monk’s Pepper, is a native of the Mediterranean region. It is one of the few temperate-zone species of Vitex, which is on the whole a genus of tropical and sub-tropical flowering plants. Vitex agnus-castus is widely cultivated in…