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Adenium swazicum, Desert Rose

Adenium swazicum

Desert Rose
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Arabia
CaudexCan be used for bonsaiSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersIrritatingDeciduousSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Growing to a height of about 4-5ft, this succulent plant is a member of the same family as Plumeria. Their swollen, often twisted trunks, are pale gray. The leaves are glossy and club-shaped. The flowers appear almost continuously, are trumpet-shaped, and range from white and bright pink to crimson red. They emit a highly toxic sap, which in some places is used as a poison for arrows. Adeniums are not generally grown in moist tropical gardens but are often seen as a decorative pot plants; they may also be used in rock gardens. They need full sun and a well-drained potting mixture. Exotic multi-color varieties can be grafted on the same plant. See other exotic species of Adenium, photo gallery of exotic varieties and Thai Adeniums - milti-colored, multi-grafted. More info...





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Aechmea sp., Bromeliad

Aechmea sp.

Bromeliad
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Origin: Tropical America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

The Aechmea is very diversified, hardy, extremely popular, and very easily cultivated in the bromeliad family group. They range in sizes from a very tiny 6 inches, to more than 10 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter. Their foliage colors vary from lime green, yellow, red, burgundy, and black, and incorporates many patterns, spots, stripes, bands, silvering, shadings, and blotches. These patterns often vary form the top of the leaf to the bottom of it. The Aechmea family has large inflorescence and brightly colored, long lasting bracts that holds the magnitude of tiny flowers. Often the colorful berry-like fruits mature for a long time on the flower spike. It's a very healthy, cold and rot resistant plant to grow outdoors fixed in trees, walls, or, in pots in an orchid mix.

Adult plants need a sunny position to become red in the blooming period. In a luminous shade it flowers, but the leaves remain green. The rose bracts persist a long time, and if flowers are pollinated black pointed fruits will appear as shown in the picture. It's curious because, when the plant grows in very shaded locations the leaves become very long, to the point to seem a completely different plant and very elegant indeed, with no weak aspects. However, if it is gradually moved to full sun it blooms and the leaves become red.





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Aechmea tillandisiodes - seeds

Aechmea tillandsioides is a showy exotic bromeliad native to southern Mexico, Central and northern South America. It is widely cultivated in other regions as a tropical ornamental. This plant is cited in Flora Brasiliensis by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius and is a real must for all plant enthusiasts.
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Aerides odorata, Fragrant Aerides

Aerides odorata

Fragrant Aerides
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Indochina, Himalaya
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

This species is a large to giant sized, highly variable, hot to cool growing epiphyte. Like related genera, Aerides are best grown in open slatted baskets. Aerides species require ample water, every day in warm climates. 700r higher relative humidity is beneficial although the plants can be grown lower. They require bright filtered light with some direct sunlight in the morning, semi-shade area placement is perfect.



Aerides odorata, Fragrant Aerides


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Afgekia mahidolae, Afgekia

Afgekia mahidolae

Afgekia
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Thailand
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowers

Afgekia mahidolae, Afgekia
Afgekia mahidolae, Afgekia
Afgekia mahidolae, Afgekia


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Afgekia sericea, Silky Afgekia

Afgekia sericea

Silky Afgekia
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Thailand
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersYellow/orange flowers

This Afgekia is a small genus of perennial climbing shrubs native to Asia. The name of this plant is an acronym in honor of Arthur Francis George Kerr, a 20th century British plant collector (his initials spell out AFGEK)



Afgekia sericea, Silky Afgekia
Afgekia sericea, Silky Afgekia


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