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Strophocactus wittii, Selenicereus wittii, Amazon Moonflower

Strophocactus wittii, Selenicereus wittii

Amazon Moonflower
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: South America
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersThorny or spiny

Strophocactus wittii grows as a epiphyte, creeping and climbing up trees. The richly branched, leaf-like, flattened stems are phylloclades, and are pressed close to the tree trunks of their carriers and form aerial roots along their midrib. The flowers only open for one night.

Strophocactus wittii is common in the rainforests of the central Amazon basin along blackwater rivers.



Strophocactus wittii, Selenicereus wittii, Amazon Moonflower


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Strychnos lucida, Strychnos nux-vomica, Nux-vomica, Poison Nut, Snake-wood, Strychnine Tree

Strychnos lucida, Strychnos nux-vomica

Nux-vomica, Poison Nut, Snake-wood, Strychnine Tree
Family: Loganiaceae
Origin: South East Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Poisonous or toxic

Strychnos lucida, Strychnos nux-vomica, Nux-vomica, Poison Nut, Snake-wood, Strychnine Tree
Strychnos lucida, Strychnos nux-vomica, Nux-vomica, Poison Nut, Snake-wood, Strychnine Tree
Strychnos lucida, Strychnos nux-vomica, Nux-vomica, Poison Nut, Snake-wood, Strychnine Tree


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Strychnos spinosa, Kaffir Orange, Spiny Orange, Green Monkey Orange

Strychnos spinosa

Kaffir Orange, Spiny Orange, Green Monkey Orange
Family: Loganiaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa, Madagascar
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdiblePoisonous or toxicThorny or spiny

This small to medium sized tree with its dark green glossy leaves and bright yellow fruit will make an attractive addition to your garden.

Various cultivated races with palatable and delicious fruits have been developed over time.

The seeds and unripe fruits are toxic. The seeds must be avoided though as they are poisonous or could have purgative effects.





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Stylogyne longifolia, Gondo

Stylogyne longifolia

Gondo
Family: Primulaceae
Subfamily: Myrsinoideae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterEdible

Rare exotic fruit tree from Mexico. Medium size tree. A small, purplish fruit that comes in clusters.



Stylogyne longifolia, Gondo
Stylogyne longifolia, Gondo
Developing fruit
Stylogyne longifolia, Gondo


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Styrax japonicus, Japanese Snowbell, Ego Noki

Styrax japonicus

Japanese Snowbell, Ego Noki
Family: Styracaceae
Origin: Eastern Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Styrax japonicus is a small, graceful, deciduous tree. Flowers are white, bell-shaped with a mild fragrance, 3 to 6 flowers on a stalk. Styrax japonicus is similar to Styrax officinalis.



Styrax japonicus, Japanese Snowbell, Ego Noki
Styrax japonicus, Japanese Snowbell, Ego Noki
Styrax japonicus, Japanese Snowbell, Ego Noki


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Styrax obassia, Fragrant Snowbell

Styrax obassia

Fragrant Snowbell
Family: Styracaceae
Origin: Japan, China
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers are borne on 4-inch to 8-inch long chains. Flowers dangle from rounded, dark green foliage in late spring, followed by small light brown fruits that usually drop by late fall.





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Styrax officinalis, Drug Snowbell, Storax

Styrax officinalis

Drug Snowbell, Storax
Family: Styracaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

They can be grown in full sun or light shade in light, acidic soil that has been improved with loam or peat moss. They may also be increased by layering the lower branches, however, seeds are the best means of propagation. Some kinds of Styrax produce a highly fragrant, balsamic resin called Benzoin. It is used in lotions, perfumes, tooth powders and incense and as an expectorant, inhalant and an antiseptic for external use.





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Suregada multiflora, False Lime, Limau Hantu

Suregada multiflora

False Lime, Limau Hantu
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowers

Flowers are tiny, 5-8 mm across, male and female flowers separate on the same tree. Fruits resemble small limes (1-2cm), with three 'shoulders', green turning bright orange and splitting revealing the thin white pulp surrounding blackish brown seeds.





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Sutera cordata, Bacopa cordata, Snowflake

Sutera cordata, Bacopa cordata

Snowflake
Family: Plantaginaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This dainty little plant is usually grown as a trailing plant in baskets, but can be used as groundcover. Keep soil moist, well drained, flowers will drop if underwatered.

It is usually sold as Bacopa 'Snow Flake' or Bacopa 'Abunda Blue'.





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Swainsona formosa, Clianthus formosus, Clianthus dampieri, Sturt's desert pea

Swainsona formosa, Clianthus formosus, Clianthus dampieri

Sturt's desert pea
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Central Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Ornamental groundcover with large black-centred red pea flowers over summer. Needs good drainage and a sunny position. Avoid watering on foliage. Moderately frost tolerant. In cultivation the desert pea is regarded as difficult and few people attempt to grow it. However it can be grown successfully in many areas if treated as an annual. Success is often reported by growing the plant in a deep container an a sunny, frost-free position. Propagation is best from seed which should be pretreated by scarification (using sheets of sandpaper) or by soaking in hot water. Seed is best sown where the plants are to be grown as seedlings are reported to be difficult to transplant. Sowing in late winter or early spring would be best if frost is a problem.





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