(King Sago, Sago Palm)
Sago palm is not a true palm but a cycad. This cone-bearing, clump-forming evergreen is a southern Japanese native and develops a tree-like appearance over time. Its long leaves are dark, glossy green and feathery in appearance but stiff and prickly to the touch. They are densely clustered and radiate from a central point at the top of the woody trunk-like stems.
Cycads are dioecious, meaning plants bear either male or female cone flowering structures. Male plants produce fuzzy, gold-brown...
Mark A. Miller
(Ceylon Sago, Cycad)
The Ceylon sago is a slow-growing cycad that reaches tree-like proportions. This evergreen plant is cone-bearing and closely related to conifers. It is native to the Spice Islands, much of Indonesia and New Guinea. In the wild and in cultivation it is often confused with the visually similar Cycas circinalis.
Ceylon sago has very long leaves (fronds) that are dark glossy green and feathery. They are densely clustered, ending in a leaflet pair at the tip, and lack teeth on the lower...
Long cultivated for its fragrant, tasty fruit, this small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia is also notable for its lovely spring flowers and its picturesque multi-trunked habit.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The pear-shaped to apple-shaped, fuzzy-skinned fruits ripen by early autumn,...
James H. Schutte
A small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia, quince has long been cultivated for its tasty fruits, its lovely spring flowers, and its picturesque multi-trunked habit. The cultivar 'Smyrna' bears large, white-fleshed, pear-shaped fruits.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The fuzzy-skinned...
(Chainfruit Cholla, Jumping Cholla)
An upright branching cactus with warty, spined stems, the chainfruit cholla often displays drooping, segmented stem clusters of green fruits. This succulent cactus tolerates mild subfreezing temperatures and excessive drought and heat in summer. Its native to central Arizona southward into the Mexican state of Sonora. If you brush up against this cactus, the segmented fruits left on the stems pop or "jump" off.
Rather than display any leaves, this cactus photosynthesizes light in its bumpy stems....
(Candelabrum Cactus, Cane Cholla, Cardenche , Tree Cholla)
Large, beautifully colored flowers make this tree-like, cold-hardy cactus an excellent candidate for arid gardens. Tree or cane cholla is noted for having the most northerly range of any other Cylindropuntia. It is found at middle to high elevations in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, West Texas and Kansas, and also extends southward into Mexico.
Tree cholla is composed of short, gray-green stems, either cylindrical or slightly club-shaped. Each areole contains 5 to 30 wickedly barbed...
Forest & Kim Starr
Bermuda grass is a fine textured plant native to southern Asia, most likely India. However it is naturalized throughout the warm, humid, subtropical and tropical areas of the world. The small, lance-shaped leaves are usually dark green to gray green and emerge from a loose sheath folded maturing to a flat form. Bermuda grass spreads by scaly rhizomes (underground stems) and flattened stolons (above ground lateral stems). Both the rhizomes and stolons are heavily branched, root at the nodes and produce...