Plant of the Week

Deckenia nobilis The desired edible hearts from this species of palm is the reason why it is considered vulnerable and in decline. Today remote stands growing on rocky crags, and outcrops are difficult for humans to reach, which offers natural protection. Tree nurseries on the Island of Praslin, Seychelles part of cluster north of Madagascar, raise D. nobilis seedlings and distribute them locally for planting.  The dark green, pinnate fronds are dressed in black spines on the underside; they...

Tabebuia pallida Truly a stunningly beautiful tree when in bloom. The Pink Tabebuia is a small stature tree also known as the “Carib Queen” which depicts its origin from the Caribbean. During most of the year the trees bear very characteristic broad leaflets that are pointed...

Coelogyne rochussenii This species is a warm-growing, pendulous flowering orchid from low tropical areas of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Commonly known as ‘necklace orchids’, because of their long, pendant, multi-flowered inflorescence are mostly epiphytes or lithophytes and occasionally terrestrials. They have often a sweet scent, attracting different kinds...

Tecomanthe venusta  Commonly referred to as New Guinea Creeper Vine this is a tropical flowering vine produces unusual pink trumpet-like flowers that appear on the old woody stems. Also known as Forest Bell Creeper, this flower is not related to the poisonous trumpet trees. This is a...

Dendrobium spectabile  A naturally occurring species of orchid from Australia, Papua, and New Guinea that was discovered in 1849. Not only are the pseudo-bulbs and leaves imposing, but their curly-petaled flowers are some of the most unusual in the world.  The name Denrobium is derived from the ancient Greek words dendron, meaning “tree” and bios meaning “life.”  Dendrobium hybrids have...

Anthurium cupulispathum  A species of anthurium with giant foliage, each leaf growing to be up to 5’ in size! The flower is also larger than other anthurium species The large leaves make for a great photo opportunity reminiscent of the famous photo of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. The leaves are found along...