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Carludovica (named after Charles IV. of Spain, and Louisa, his queen). A genus of low-growing, palm-like, stove plants. Flowers of separate sexes, in squares arranged very close together in a spiral manner, and forming cylindrical spikes. Leaves stiff, plaite and deeply cut into from two to five division. The species are very ornamental, and several are eminently adapted for tropical gardening. They are easily grown with the usual routine of stove management, thriving in a compost of two parts peat and one of sandy loam; a liberal supply of water is needed.
The flower petals overlap to the left and are hairy and pinkish in the center. The fruits are often twinned, ellipsoid and speckled green. Cerbera manghas is similar to Cerbera odollam and in some sources these names are considered as synonims.
This is a small to medium-sized tree with dark foliage and showy, white flowers which are very fragrant. The whorled leaves are crowded near the ends of rather thickish branches with conspicuous leaf scars below. The fragrant white flowers have a yellow throat. The fruits are often twinned, ellipsoid and speckled green. The seed coat is thin and after falling, soon decays, exposing fibrous tissue. Seeds are extremely poisonous. This plant is similar to Plumeria, but the leaves are smaller and slightly rolled with a reddish midrib. Pong Pong is one of popular ornamental plants which has unique characteristic. Its seed looks like a ball which has beautiful skin. It can be grown in a small pot to show on office desk or everywhere you want for decoration. Moreover when it grows enough, it also has beautiful shape, with white flowers and many young green seeds.
Growing from seed: Place the seed horizontally on top of the soil and dig it in 1/3 size. It should sprout within 3-4 weeks at temperature above 80-85F (Will take much longer at cooler temepature). You may grow this plant like a "Lucky Bean" and place the pot on your desktop or a window sill. In the ground it will grow in a small-size (8-10 ft) bushy tree.
Cerbera odollam is similar to Cerbera manghas and in some sources these names are considered as synonims.
Varieties: Purple, Green. Season: February-MayThis beautiful shade tree has glossy dark green leaves with a silky bronze color underneath. Caimito is a favorite in the Caribbean and Central America as well as Southeast Asia. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavor, and is best eaten fresh.
A medium sized tree from 40-60ft tall. The flowers are greenish-yellow or white and purple at the margins of the petals. Both male and perfect flowers are produced on the same inflorescence. The fruit is a follicle, which is corky or rough on the surface and may be 8 inches (20 cm) in length.
Cola nuts are seed pods of the plant harvested primarily from the species Cola nitida and Cola acuminata. Cola acuminata fruit may contain several seeds, cola nitida - just one. Cola nuts are chewed for the stimulating effect of the alkaloids caffein and theobrominethey contain. The cola nut is widely grown in West Africa and has particular uses in the social life and religious customs of the people. In Nigeria and Cameroon, four species of cola with edible seed have been distinguished. Cola extract is what gives their names to cola drinks. Will grow in full sun or part shade. It is not hardy and will be injured or killed by frost. Water regularly, as the plant thrives in wet, humid environments. The cola nut is usually propagated by seeds but can be propagated by cuttings.