Beautiful, dark, velvety green leaves with crackled yellowy venation lend this jewel orchid spectacular beauty all season long. A native of equatorial rain forests from Indonesia to the Philippines, this terrestrial beauty lacks pseudobulbs but grows from an elongated, creeping rhizome from which emanates stout, fleshy roots.
The pointy, oblong to elliptical leaves are covered with tiny hairs that give the surface a velvety look and feel. The topsides are deep green with ornate contrasting venation...
An alluring foliage plant, the jewel orchid becomes more ornate when days are short by bearing upright clusters of tiny white blossoms. A native of the tropical regions of southeastern Asia, from China to Indonesia, this terrestrial orchid lacks pseudobulbs but grows from an elongated, creeping rhizome from which emanates stout, fleshy roots.
The pointy, oblong to elliptical leaves are deep green to chocolate-black with underlying red tones and pinkish silver veins. The leaf undersides are deepest...
(Lycaste Orchid, Orchid)
Growing in humid coastal forests or high elevation rainforests, the roughly 35 orchid species in Lycaste are native from tropical Central and northern South America and the Caribbean. These evergreen to deciduous herbs are mostly epiphytes (growing on trees), although some are lithophytes (grow on rock surfaces) or grow in organic leaf litter atop the soil.
The green leaves are pleated and rise from oval, rather compressed pseudobulbs. Thin papery bracts cover the pseudobulbs. Lycaste...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Lycaste Orchid, Shell-shaped Anther Lycaste)
Rather small in size, but beautiful in their orange-yellow color, the flowers of the shell-shaped anther lycaste orchid smell of citrus oranges. A deciduous tropical orchid native to mangrove swamps and montane rainforests from Mexico to Nicaragua, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant) or lithophyte (growing on moist rocks).
This orchid's pseudobulbs are rounded and pyramid-like in shape, with obvious deep grooves. There are two to three spines at the top of the pseudobulb. The light green...
Hishtil Nurseries, Israel
(Hybrid Cherry Tomato, Raisin Tomato, Tomaccio Tomato)
Ths recently developed cherry tomato produces small, round, orange-red fruits that are ideal for drying. They are borne on exceptionally vigorous vines that can grow to 14 feet (4.2 m). Harvest begins about 70 days after seedlings are planted out. This F1 hybrid must be propagated from purchased seed (saved seed will not come true).
This climbing, frost-tender plant grows rapidly in warm conditions and fertile, evenly moist soil. Tomatoes are short-lived tender perennials that are usually grown...
The common domesticated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), and its hundreds of cultivars, dominates conversation and growing space in gardens worldwide. The wild or Peruvian tomato is a lesser known tomato sibling that produces small, coin-sized fruits. While botanists to South America collected plant specimens of the Peruvian tomato, the species is not usually grown. Peruvian tomato was among the first tomato plants grown at European botanical gardens centuries ago. However, modern research...
A productive vining plant that produces scores of fingernail-sized red fruits, the currant tomato is a closely related, better-tasting cousin to modern-day cultivated tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum). The two species interbreed readily, and the currant tomato historically has provided many new traits for cherry-type tomato varieties grown in modern gardens. While the wild form of the currant tomato isn't commonly grown today, it is considered a heirloom tomato in the United States, as...
Forest & Kim Starr
Producing large nuts, the Beaumont macadamia is well-suited for growth in dry, subtropical areas and has pretty, bright pink, pendent flowers, and reddish new leaves. A hybrid selection from crossing two Australian natives, the smooth-shelled (Macadamia integrifolia) and the rough-shelled (M. tetraphylla) macadamias, it is a very slow growing, evergreen tree that attains an upright yet rounded canopy.
The foliage of macadamia tree is handsome. They are dark green and glossy, often...
Forest & Kim Starr
This largely tropical plant family comprises some 800 species of often showy-flowered vines, trees, and shrubs. Most members of the Bignoniaceae inhabit South America, but a few are of North American or Old World origin. Many are cultivated as garden or greenhouse ornamentals, and a few are grown for timber.
The opposite or whorled leaves of these woody plants are palmately or pinnately compound (with leaflets in a finger- or feather-like arrangement), or sometimes simple. The showy, five-petaled,...
Large yellow trumpet-like blooms make this an outstanding vine for tropical gardens. Cat's claw is naturally distributed across a huge area of the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, including the West Indies. It thrives in warm coastal climates as well as the desert, where frost is rare and fleeting.
Its small lush evergreen leaves are borne on woody stems that cling to surfaces with unusual three pronged claw-like tendrils. These allow them to climb onto buildings, fences and walls with a...