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Bobgunnia madagascariensis is a small deciduous tree. Pretty flowers with one large white petal and a mass of orange yellow stamens, are sweetly scented. The plant has large pods that turn dark when ripe and contain an unidentified toxin. Poison composed of the roasted seeds and innards of the beetle Diamphidia nigroornata is applied to the arrows of the Bushmen. Seeds, fruits and stem bark are also used in fishing by poisoning in Africa.
The plant is used medicinally, and the toxin causes red discoloration of the urine.
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.
Swinglea glutinosa is a small tropical tree from the Rutaceae family. Brought to South America from SE Asia, it is used as ornamental plant in Colombia and as a natural barrier in rural area and gardens. S. glutinosa possesses fruits, which are not edible, but have an extraordinary pleasant smell.
It is a subtropical plant, it grows up to an altitude of 5000 ft where the temperature rises to 100F in summer and drops to 20F in the winter, and prolonged droughts occur.
S. glutinosa is said to do best on rich, well-drained soil. The tree has no exacting cultural requirements, doing well with a minimum of fertilizer and irrigation.
Syagrus botryophora is a gorgeous palm, it has a fairly thin trunk, and the numerous fronds are gracefully arranged. Unfortunately, this palm, though now not uncommon in its native habitat, may someday face extinction due to the destruction of the forest in which it grows, as the forest canopy on which young plants depend for cover has almost been completely eradicated.
Tall with single trunk and a large head of feathery leaves. Suited for Indoors, good for patios and verandas when small. It is a very attractive and fast growing palm and easy to grow in a sunny position with good drainage. Can be shifted even when large. Very easy palm with great decorative effect. Need to remove dead leaves every year. Well-drained acidic soils. Alkaline soils should be avoided. Not affected by lethal yellowing disease. Vulnerable toganoderma butt rot.
Syagrus X costae - a hybrid of coronata / oleracea.
It is a very attractive and fast growing palm and easy to grow in a sunny position with good drainage. Can be shifted even when large. Propagation: Fresh seeds in 2-4 months. Very easy palm with great decorative effect. best when planteed in groups or 2 or 3. Maintenance Moderate, need to remove dead leaves every year.
It grows near the sea. Growth rate: Slow. Salt tolerance: Very tolerant. Drought tolerance: Resistant. Minimum temperature: 27F.