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Tree from tropical America with shiny dark green leaves, white sap, and yellow, funnel shaped flowers. Fruit somewhat angular, smooth, with two large, oily seeds. All parts poisonous but can be medicinal for toothache, skin sores, and as a purgative, if used judiciously. The nuts growing on the tree planed in your yard supposedly bring good luck.
Thrinax morrisii is of medium size and grows slowly to a maximum of about 4ft tall with a solitary, slender grey trunk, which is topped by a large, spherical crown consisting of about 20 leaves. In its upper part, just below the crown, the trunk is wrapped in fine, fibrous leafsheaths which are eventually deciduous. As a genus, Thrinax is closely related to Zombia, a clustering palm which is easily distinguished by its spiny leafsheath fibres, and Coccothrinax, both native to the Caribbean. It is often confused with Coccothrinax but can be easily identified by its split petiole bases, white fruits (purple to black in Coccothrinax) and smooth seeds (grooved in Coccothrinax). Uses: deck or patio; container or planter; specimen; highway median. Min. Temperature: 25F
Drought and salt resistant. S.Florida, S.California, Northwestern Caribbean. Min. Temperature: 28F.
As a genus, Thrinax is closely related to Zombia, a clustering palm which is easily distinguished by its spiny leafsheath fibres, and Coccothrinax, both native to the Caribbean.
Uses: deck or patio; container or planter; specimen; highway median.
The most striking blue flowered vine in the world, with a robust and twining habit producing long hanging clusters of 3" sky blue funnel shaped flowers from fall through spring, displayed throughout it's dense deep green foliage. Can be trellised or arbored to create a spectacular sight! Hardy to freezing. Can be used as a background shrub if allowed to sprawl at the rear of a bed. It's also pretty clambering up a mail box or lamp post.
Thunbergia grandiflora is similar to Thunbergia laurifolia
except that leaves are heart-shaped.