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Ormosia monosperma - small tree having large oblong pointed leaflets and panicles of purple flowers; seeds are black or scarlet with black spots. Ormosia seeds are often used for jewelry and other decorative purposes, or as good luck charms. The seeds float and are occasionally found as "sea beans".
African daisy is suited for covering large open areas of level or sloping ground. It requires little attention and is rarely invaded by pests or diseases. It grows best in rich soil and full sun, and established plants tolerate drought. The plant spreads rapidly by means of long, trailing stems that root where they touch the ground. Trailing African daisy makes an attractive carpet about 18 inches high with leaves 1 to 2 inches long. Also, attractive grown at the top of a retaining wall or container where it can hang down gracefully. The daisy-like blooms are about 3 inches across.
The vines will climb for five meters, the eatable caudex grow up to 30 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are deep violet to white. More often, roots are round and beet-shaped with a distinctive taproot. The edible portion is the starchy root , which is eaten raw or cooked.
Paliavana is separated from the closely related genus Sinningia by the absence of tubers.
More than 60 species. They are magnificent orchids and both the species and the hybrids have always formed a major part of good collections. They have a fascinating array of colors and forms and their ease of culture has attracted lifelong admirers. All Paphiopedilum are characterised by both a cup-like lip called the pouch, and a prominent dorsal sepal. They are often called slipper orchids which refers to the shape of this pouch. The plants are mostly terrestrials, although some, like Paphiopedilum lowii may be found growing epiphytically, (on trees) or lithophytically, (on rocks) They are dwarf to moderate sized with leaves that are stiff, waxy or leathery and range from a glossy green to beautifully mottled. The leaves usually form a fan-shaped tuft. An erect scape, bearing one or more flowers, arises from the centre of each new growth. The flowers are from 2" to 5" across in a variety and mixture of colors and may last perfectly on the plant for six weeks or more. The major blooming season is from mid-autumn onwards although variations occur. Require reasonably cool nights, particularly in the spring when they will be setting their buds for the autumn flowering season. Although this need makes them difficult to manage in warm areas, their low light requirement makes it possible to keep them cool by shading. See Orchid page for pictures of different orchids and care info.