(Hillebrand's Fan Palm, Loulou Lelo Palm)
With its elegant, bold, fan-shaped leaves, this small, single-trunked palm from the Hawaiian island of Molokai is among the loveliest plants for tropical and subtropical gardens.
The huge, green to blue-green, evergreen fronds are cleft into many long, stiff, lance-shaped segments that radiate like a fanned peacock's tail. The fronds have waxy, silvery undersides. Several dozen fronds are borne atop the trunk on long stalks ("petioles"), forming a spherical crown. The petioles are clothed...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Koolau Range Pritchardia)
Bearing immense, elegantly dissected leaves on a compact trunk, this beautiful palm is native to the Ko'olau Range of eastern Oahu.
The huge, olive-green, evergreen fronds are cleft into many stiff, pleated, lance-shaped segments that radiate like a fanned peacock's tail. The fronds have silvery undersides clothed with tan felt. Twenty or more fronds are borne atop the trunk on long stalks ("petioles"), forming a spherical crown. Plants are initially stemless, eventually developing a gray...
(Clamshell Orchid, Cockleshell Orchid)
With light green flowers that are inverted to look like small octopuses, the cockleshell orchid is unique in that it holds its burgundy and orange floral lip at the top of the flower, unlike most orchids. A small evergreen tropical orchid, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant). It is native to Central and northern South America, the Caribbean and southernmost Florida, where it is endangered. There are two differently sized forms, one that is much smaller in all its parts; for floral impact...
(Fragrant Anacheilium Orchid, Fragrant Prosthechea Orchid)
With light green flowers with white lip striped with burgundy, the fragrant prosthechea orchid is unique in that it holds its floral lip at the top of the flower, unlike most orchids. A small evergreen tropical orchid, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant). It is native to the lowlands across Central America and the Caribbean Basin and northern South America. The most prized feature of this orchid is the fragrance of its usually winter to spring flowers, which resembles a blend of vanilla...
Forest & Kim Starr
Green to purplish green foliage topped by small, star-like flowers of pink or white and magenta makes Carruther's falseface pretty whenever temperatures are warm. A tender evergreen shrub native to New Caledonia and Vanuata in western Polynesia, it has today become naturalized in many parts of the tropical Pacific and South America.
The oval leaves have noticeable veins and often have gently wavy edges. They are yellow green (var. carruthersii), fully green in color (var. reticulatum)...
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(Pink Shaving Brush Tree, Shaving Brush Tree)
The cigar-like flower buds of the shaving brush tree open to show bright rosy pink flowers that truly look like brushes. This deciduous tree is native to dry woodlands across Mexico and Guatemala. When young, its bark is thin and green, but with age it becomes thicker and grayish-tan with green streaks, looking much like elephant or dinosaur skin. Shaving brush tree attains a wide, spreading, rounded canopy. Alternating seasons of moisture and drought helps develop its interesting bottle-shaped trunk.
(Shaving Brush Tree, White Shaving Brush Tree)
White shaving brush tree produces interesting
torpedo-shaped flower buds and puffy white flowers that look like paintbrushes. This deciduous tree is native to dry woodlands across Mexico and Guatemala. When young, its bark is thin and green, but with age it becomes thicker and tan-gray with green streaks, looking like elephant or dinosaur skin. Shaving brush tree attains a wide, spreading, rounded canopy. Alternating seasons of moisture and drought helps develop the bottle-shaped trunk.
Forest & Kim Starr
(Goiabeira , Guava)
Widely planted and naturalized in its native tropical America and in many other warm regions of the world, this tender evergreen shrub or small tree is prized for its delicious yellow-skinned, pink- or yellow-fleshed fruits, which are wonderful fresh and in preserves and juices. Ripening from fall into winter, the fragrant, round to pear-shaped, apple-sized, seedy fruits are preceded in early summer by mildly fragrant white flowers that have a boss of central stamens. Plants are self-fruitful, requiring...
James H. Schutte
(Alexander Palm, Solitaire Palm)
Alexander palm is a small, feather-leaved palm native to northeastern Australia. The slender gray trunk is ringed with old leaf scars. The arching, dark green fronds emerge from a swollen green crownshaft. Large panicles of fragrant creamy white flowers followed by red fruits are borne beneath the crownshaft in summer.
Alexander palm grows best in partial sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil that is not alkaline. It is a good choice for courtyards, small lawns, and other confined...
Forest & Kim Starr
Handsome and beautiful in both flower and foliage, flame vine blooms with vivid orange flowers that look tremendous against a crisp, blue winter sky. A vigorous evergreen vine, it is native to South America, including Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. Its satin-glossy, dark-green leaves are trifoliate, having three small leaflets. Each is oval to tear-drop shaped.
Depending on temperature and climate, anytime from midwinter to early spring the flame vine lives up to its name with bright-orange,...