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The variegated form of Jewels of Opar has excellent creamy white edged foliage, handsome enough alone, but especially nice when set off by the wiry reddish stems topped with dainty pink flowers. Growing in well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun.
Beautiful low-growing shrub 2-3 ft tall with lots of bright pink flowers that open in the morning and stay open till late afternoon. Very fast growing. What makes this plant special? If you read "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar" by Edgar Rice Burroughs: "...Tarzan stooped and lifted a leathern pouch from the grisly relics of a man. The hard outlines of the contents brought an exclamation of surprise to his lips. "The jewels of Opar!" he cried, holding the pouch aloft, "and," pointing to the bones at his feet, "all that remains of Werper, the Belgian..."
Varieties: Tart and Sweet. Season: Late Spring. A graceful tree with racemes of pea-like flowers. Large spreading habit. Easy to grow, wind resistant. Tart fruit is preferred by Islanders and sweet fruit is preferred by Asians. Tamarinds are grown as ornamental shade and street trees, and for the edible pods. The pods are fed to livestock, and the pulp within the pods is used to make beverages, curries, chutneys and sauces. Also Eaten fresh, in candies and and relishes. See article about tamarind.
Salt cedar is a deciduous shrub/small tree that grows most successfully along riparian zones , that is, along streams and/or lake edges. Its roots extend deeply into the soil and depend on ground water for water supply. Saltcedar's high water consumption further stresses native vegetation by lowering ground water levels and can also dry up springs and marshy areas.
Tambourissa sp. is native to Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, but the tree has become quite popular in Mediterranean countries, due to its striking beauty. This species is a big tree, growing taller than 20 feet, though some specimens are known to reach 30 feet. The plant grows in an upright position with an umbrella-like crown that creates an incredibly picturesque sight when the red, crimson and vinous flowers blossom.
The tree is quite versatile in the sense that it can be grown in full sun or partial shade, making it highly recommendable for outdoor landscaping projects. But it can also be grown in containers, thus giving the possibility of having a striking ornamental tree inside the home.
The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as to humans, being known for their sweet aroma. This tree has been used for ethnomedical purposes in the past, such as for the treatment of certain skin conditions and for relieving sore throats.
Tambourissa sp. is adaptable to different climates and cold weather, though it is generally recommended for USDA Zone 9-11. In cold regions, the plant needs to be grown in pots and taken inside when temperatures drop. Special care should be taken to make sure that the soil is kept evenly moist but not waterlogged and that the pot has adequate drainage. During winter, fertilization should be reduced significantly, to prevent over-stimulating the new growth which could be damaged by cold weather.
Branches of this monotypic tree bear decussately arranged, short lateral shoots, each of which terminally produces one or two pairs of short thorns. Leaves, flowers and fruits are typically produced on very abbreviated shoots immediately below the thorns.
Indonesian Wax Ginger will reach 8 feet (2½ meters) tall with dark green soft leaves arranged spirally around bamboo-like stems. Leaves reach 15 inches (38 cm) in length by about 6 inches (15 cm) wide. It is an attractive plant but needs a lot of room to grow. In containers they need to be repotted often. The stately dark red, cone shape bract similar to an upside down pineapple is colossal and enhanced with vivid yellow flowers appearing within the basal bract.
Tarenna is a small tree with glossy foliage and slightly corky bark. The broad, smooth, pointed leaves are paired on the stem. The leaves are dark green above and lighter green below, with a scar between the leaves.The flowers are white and at the ends of the branchlets, and are followed by egg-shaped black fruits, 7 - 8 mm long, enclosing two seeds.
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Tarenna pavettoides (False Bride's Bush), South Africa. Good in shady damp spots.