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Andiroba oil is well known in Brazil and widely employed to heal many skin conditions and as a natural insect repellant. The oil is also used in Brazil as a furniture polish that is thought to protect wooden furniture from termites and other wood-chewing insects.
Andiroba wood is soft, yet durable, and much sought by sawmills.
Mountain Mahogany is a large Southern African tree belonging to the Mahogany family and found in eastern and north eastern South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Angola, the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. This is a large deciduous tree, found at low altitudes in river valleys, but also in open woodland on rocky slopes and ridges.
The fruit of this species is remarkable and when green has the form of a cigar- or club-shaped capsule. When mature the five woody, closely lenticellate, pale brown valves curve back from the thickened tip, leaving a central column intact with impressions of the seeds - in overall appearance that of a half-peeled banana. Seeds are large and winged, and carried some distance from the tree by wind.
Persea borbonia is a relative of Avocado and Bay Leaf, the leaves of this aromatic herb tree are used for seasoning. he spicy leaves can be used to flavor soups and meats. Try crushing one of their leaves and you will smell an aroma similar to the bay leaves in your kitchen.
The plant develops a dense, pyramidal crown with gently drooping branches. The bark of the Persea borbonia is reddish-brown with irregular furrows that separate flat-topped ridges. Small round fruits appear on the tips of branches. The fruit is a small bright blue to shiny black drupe. The inside of these fruits looks like a miniature avocado complete with green, squishy flesh and a dark seed. In fact, an even closer relative to swamp bay than the culinary bay is the edible avocado (Persea americana). This plant is highly salt tolerant and tolerates flooding. Persea borbonia is usually associated with lowlands, hardwood swampy forests and moist or swampy conditions, but occurs in a variety of habitats, ranging from edges of fields and ditches to dry sandy areas, ridges and even dunes near the coast.
Swietenia mahagoni is the species from which the true original mahogany wood was produced. Mahogany is a semi-deciduous tree which loses its old leaves at the end of winter just as the new growth is beginning.
Each leaf features a bright green stripe that dissects the center of the velvet dark green leaves. The underside of each leaf is a rich mahogany color.
Begonia listada is well suited to a bright position, free from direct sunlight.
This spectacular hibiscus has attractive maple shaped dark red foliage and mauve flowers. Leaves are edible, full of vitamin C, and great for salads. It forms an upright bush, blooms late in the season. Flower is very similar to Hibiscus cannabinus.
The flowers are produced in daisy-like inflorescences, with yellow or orange florets arranged in a prominent, cone-shaped head. Most Rudbeckia come in shades of yellow or orange, with a dark center seed head, but there are also russet, bronze and mahogany tones.
Keep plants well watered the first season, to get them established. Once established, the will be quite drought resistant.