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