Grown for its spectacular blooms, this showy vine is a popular choice for warm gardens and containers. Mandevilla x amabilis is a hybrid of the showy Brazilian native, Mandevilla splendens (plus an unknown second parent), and produces an abundance of large, showy flowers. The plants are evergreen, frost tender and woody.
The vining stems of hybrid Mandevilla are lined with deep green leaves that are glossy, oval and held opposite to each other. When broken,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Alice du Pont Mandevilla, Mandevilla)
The classic hybrid Mandevilla‘Alice du Pont’ offers an abundance of large, showy, radiant pink flowers all season long. This timeless Longwood cultivar is one of the most popular mandevillas in cultivation and was named for the wife of Longwood's founder, Samuel DuPont.
Grown for its spectacular blooms, this showy vine is a popular choice for warm gardens and containers. Mandevilla x amabilis is a hybrid of the showy Brazilian native, Mandevilla splendens...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Mango trees are long-lived, large and bear the queen of tropical fruits. They are evergreen and native to tropical Asia, particularly the area from eastern India to Myanmar, and produce luscious sweet mangoes when mature.
This fruit has been cultivated for centuries. It is said that Buddhist monks brought the fruit to Malaya and eastern Asia sometime during the third or fourth centuries. The trees spread throughout the subtropical and tropical regions of the world as global exploration expanded....
(Mango, Manila Mango)
The mango ‘Manila’ is a popular variety thought to originate from a Mexican seedling of unknown parentage. Its small to medium-sized fruits are produced earlier than others and have a sharp flavor. They are flattened, long, and somewhat kidney-shaped and have fibrous, rich butter yellow flesh when ripe. The trees are smaller than most mangoes, which makes them ideal for the home garden.
Mango trees are long-lived, large and bear the queen of tropical fruits. They are evergreen and native to...
(Cassava, Manioc, Tapioca Plant, Yuca)
Having many economic uses of its starchy root, cassava has ornate hand-like (palmate) leaves and small, curious flowers lacking petals. This upright, bushy tender tropical perennial with semi-woody stems is native to northern South America in a north-south swath across the Amazon River Basin from the Caribbean Sea to Bolivia. Although a frost-tender plant, it is root hardy in regions with frosty, mild winters and will quickly rejuvenate when soil warms in spring.
The dark green leaves have an...
James H. Schutte
(Variegated Cassava, Variegated Tapioca)
This deciduous tropical tree is an agricultural crop in the tropics where its fleshy roots are the source of tapioca. It is a native of southern Brazil and has long been cultivated by indigenous peoples who harvest the roots that resemble yams. The processed food product made from cooked, ground roots is known as cassava or yuca. This variegated form is much smaller with the proportions of a shrub, with semi-woody stems, truly being a tropical herb. The foliage is composed of dinner-plate sized...
The prayer plants, prized for its beautiful leaves, is native to the warm, moist, forested regions of Brazil. It is among the most popular of tropical houseplants. A tender, herbaceous perennial, Maranta leuconeura forms clumps and slowly spreads from stems or rhizomes (lateral underground stems). The leaves arise close together from sheaths. They are large, elliptical to oval, and often marked with blotches, streaks or stripes of color. They are also waxy, light to dark green and often...
(Mexican Fence Post Cactus, Organ Cactus )
Fence post cactus is among the most easily identified, particularly when grown edge to edge as a living fence. Native to much of central Mexico, this quite lovely cactus shows more skin than most of its spinier relatives. As tall as a one story house, the straight, upright stems can reach significant diameter with age, as wide as a human hand. This cactus branches from the root, producing a clump of stems that rarely branch, making them a clean, upright fence-post like shape, hence the name. Areoles...
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(Gold Markhamia, Siala)
One of tropical East Africa's most beautiful flowering trees, the siala boasts erect clusters of trumpet-shaped golden yellow flowers. This fairly fast-growing deciduous tree grows on forest edges and along river banks. It develops a slender, upright trunk and distinctive oblong canopy that doesn't cast a broad shadow. The trunk may also slightly curve and displays grayish sienna bark that flakes away in strips.
The compound leaves are rich bright green and comprise 7 to 11 leaflets with deep...
Forest & Kim Starr
Resembling grape clusters or an elegant pink chandelier, the pendent flowers of the showy medinilla contrast dramatically with the large, coarse, green leaves of this tropical shrub. Considered an evergreen epiphyte (having no roots in the ground and growing on another plant or support), it is native to the Philippines in the western Pacific. Its large, leathery, oval leaves are glossy dark green with light green veins. New leaves emerge a dull, gray-purple, unfurl, and turn green. The stems are...