Plant of the Week

ROSE GRAPE Medanilla magnifica is native to the Philippines. It is an epiphyte which means it grows on other plants and trees. It only uses the host plant as structure to grow on and does not take any nutrients away from it. It blooms Spring to...

Zingiber zerumbet A native to Southeast Asia, this species was a canoe plant brought here by the Polynesians and called Awapuhi. The Awapuhi is the earthly form of the Hawaiian God Kane. The rhizome is edible and was used in Hawaiian dishes and in Malay cuisine....

Erythrina megistophylla A species of legume in the family Fabaceae found only in Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Commonly known as a “Coral tree” this species status is listed as threatened. This plants flower...

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...