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Spigelia marilandica, Indian Pink, Woodland Pinkroot

Spigelia marilandica

Indian Pink, Woodland Pinkroot
Family: Loganiaceae
Origin: North America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
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Spigelia marilandica can be grown from seed and does well in cultivation if given moist conditions and partial shade. The plant contains alkaloids and calcium oxalate crystals and was used traditionally as a parasite remedy.





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Stanhopea sp., Stanhopea
Stanhopea panamensis

Stanhopea sp.

Stanhopea
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: South America, Central America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrant

Stanhopea is noted for its complex and usually fragrant flowers that are generally spectacular and short-lived. Their pendant inflorescences are noted for flowering out of the bottom of the containers in which they grow, lending themselves to culture in baskets that have enough open space for the infloresence push through. They are sometimes called upside-down orchids.

Light should be bright, with direct sunlight diffused so as not to burn the leaves.





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Stapelia sp., Starfish Flower, Giant Toad Flower, Carrion Flower
Stapelia olivacea

Stapelia sp.

Starfish Flower, Giant Toad Flower, Carrion Flower
Family: Apocynaceae   (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: South Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This genus has large star-shaped flowers that can exceed 8 inches in diameter. The color varies from red to brown, often marbled. All or part of the flowers are hairy.

They are commonly cultivated as pot- or rockery plants in warmer countries.

This is one of the largest flowers in the plant world! Great container plant, Stapelia gigantea, commonly called carrion flower, is a spine-free succulent member of the milkweed (not cactus!) family that is native to dry desert areas from Tanzania to South Africa. The common name comes from the malodorous flower aroma which resembles the smell of rotting meat. For those willing to look the other way on flower aroma, additional common names include giant toad flower or starfish flower. The focal point of this plant is the fleshy, 5-pointed, star-shaped flowers (to 10-16" across), each being pale ochre-yellow with thin transverse maroon lines. Flowers bloom in fall (flower buds are triggered by shortened daylight hours in fall). Flowers are pollinated by flies which reportedly find the carrion aroma irresistible. Spineless, 4-angled, succulent stems grow upright to 8-12" tall before scrambling sideways with the tips still erect. Plants in the ground may grow to 24" wide. Seed pods resemble milkweed and each individual seed has a milkweed-like parachute. Genus name honors Dutch physician Johannes Bodaeus van Stapel (1602-1636).





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Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus

Stapelianthus decaryi

Stapelianthus
Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: Madagascar
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersYellow/orange flowers

Small, rambling mottled succulent stems with chalice shaped yellow and maroon speckled flowers.



Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus
Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus


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Stelechocarpus burahol, Burahol, Kepel Fruit

Stelechocarpus burahol

Burahol, Kepel Fruit
Family: Annonaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantEdible

The tree grows up to 20 meters tall, with a straight trunk, brilliant folliage, spectacular bright pink leaves that flush out all at once over the entire tree.

Pinkish cream colored flowers bloom in abundance directly out of the truck and develop into fruits the size of a small orange. The fruit has a brown, leathery skin and contains numerous, l0ng, oval seeds in a creamy, light orange flesh.





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