Author: HTBG admin (Dan)

Calathea (Peacock Plant or Zebra Plant): Calathea is a genus in the Marantaceae family.  You may recognize the leaves of the Calathea as they are often grown indoors as potted house plants. Calathea are commonly referred to as zebra or peacock plants because of their...

Saraca thaipingensis This beauty is a tree species native to Peninsular Malaysia and Southeast Asia in the family Fabaceae. It has yellow flowers, borne on old wood, and is grown as an ornamental for floral effect. Common names include Yellow Asoka and Yellow Saraca. The Yellow Saraca...

Couroupita guianensis Also commonly called Cannon Ball Tree is a member of Lecythidaceae family same as Brazil and Paradise nut. It is deciduous and a native to the tropical forests of Central and South America.  This species is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use...

Pelagodoxa henryana The only member in the genus Pelagodoxa (monotypic genus) and native to the Marquesas islands with small populations found in French Polynesia. Pelagodoxa henryana seeds don’t disperse well in water and are too large to be carried by birds and with a high susceptibility...

Barringtonia asiatica Fish Poison Tree, contains a chemical compound called saponin that is toxic to fish and other cold blooded animals. When Onomea was a fishing village, Hawaiians would make a pulp of this plant to extract the phytochemical and stun fish in freshwater streams and...