TopTropicals Newsletter / June 16, 2010

African plants: new arrivals of fresh seeds

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3343 Mondia whytei
Mukombera. A robust woody creeper, root infusion is popularly used as an aphrodisiac in Malawi and as a natural appetizer, enhancer of blood circulation.

4213 Cucumis metuliferus
African Horned Cucumber, Kiwano, Horned Melon.
Bright orange fruit with numerous prominent spines. Flesh is bright green, watery, and with a slight sweetness. Plants can produce up to 100 fruits on a single vine. Fruit eaten raw.

2904 Grewia bicolor
A drought-resistant small tree with pretty yellow flowers, the fruit is eaten fresh or sun-dried and is turned into a juice or wine.

4216 Halleria lucida
Tree Fuchsia from South Africa. The flowers are tubular, orange to brick-red, or yellow, very rich in nectar and are produced in clusters in the axils of leaves and on short shoots on the old wood, even on the main trunk.

4212 Leonotis leonurus
Lions Ears. Evergreen subshrub with orange flowers. After bloom, the new growth just keeps growing up through the flower. Everblooming. Used in Eastern medicine. Tolerates poor soil. A super magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. Fun in cut flower arrangements too.

2935 Strophanthus

2936 Strophanthus

Forest Poison Rope. A scrambling shrub or strong woody vine. Flowers in clusters at the ends of branches, the long, twisted corolla lobes pale yellow, reddish brown towards the base. Used by native people to make a deadly poison for their arrow tips.

4211 Virgilia oroboides
Blossom tree, Cape Lilac. It is fast-growing, beautiful in flower and has an attractive growth form. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract many insects and birds.

2917 Mundulea sericea
Corkbush. Very free flowering & distinctly garden worthy, this rare-in-the-trade, South African native makes an excellent shrub or small tree, 6-10 tall. Outstanding sprays of purple/lilac, pea-like flowers cover the shrub from early Spring through Summer, attracting butterflies. Great plant for bonsai!

2918 Nylandtia spinosa
Tortoise Berry, Skilpadbessie. A striking plant when covered in its masses of dainty purple flowers. Attractive and unusual spiny foliage, pretty red edible fruits and water-wise attributes all combine to make it a great choice for the discerning gardener.

4215 Phylica plumosa
Flannel Flower, Flannel Bush, Featherhead. This attractive bush is densely covered with hairy leaves and each hair seems to gather the sunlight and make it glow. These flowers are white with long brownish tips and have a faint cinnamon scent. It can also be grown in containers.

4217 Pittosporum viridiflorum
Cheesewood, small tree from South Africa with sweetly fragant flowers.

3280 Polygala myrtifolia
A rare low growing bush from South Africa. 3 to 4 ft in height, blooms throughout the year with a peak in spring when the plants flower profusely. Called September bush in S. Africa (spring time in southern hemisphere).

3353 Polygala vigrata
Erect, evergreen shrub with pretty pink flowers during spring-summer.

2933 Sparmannia africana
A South African evergreen shrub, unique in the fact that it makes an easy houseplant, tolerating the cool, shady conditions often found in many older homes. Large 8 inch leaves are accompanied by cup-shaped white blooms from spring to summer.

4214 Psoralea pinnata
Blue butterfly-bush. An erect shrub from South Africa with willowy branches, needle-like leaves and the scented lilac-blue pea flowers.

2879 Bauhinia petersiana subsp. macrantha

2890 Bolusanthus speciosus

2892 Dichrostachys cinerea

2895 Dombeya rotundifolia

3316 Erythrina lysistemon

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2698 Adansonia digitata
Baobab. Regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world, the baobab tree is steeped in a wealth of mystique, legend and superstition wherever it occurs in Africa. Good for bonsai.

2891 Dais cotinifolia
Pompon tree, Pincushion tree, Kannabast. One of the best known and well-loved African trees. When in flower it looks like a giant candy floss, as the tree transforms into a cloud of soft pink balls.

4210 Ehretia rigida
Puzzle Bush. It has tangled branches which arch downwards or droop - this gives it its common name. The flowers are pale mauve, blue or white, sweetly scented. Fruits are edible. Hardy and drought resistant, very attractive to birds and insects.

3279 Melianthus comosus
Honey Flower. An attractive multi-stemmed shrub. The small, nectar rich bird pollinated flowers are borne in a short cluster.

2927 Rothmannia capensis
Wild Gardenia, Common Rothmannia. The beautiful bell-shaped flowers are creamy white with purplish red streaks and speckles inside the flower tube. They have a strong sweet scent, which lingers even after they dry.

2928 Rothmannia globosa
Star of Africa, Bell Gardenia. Small everblooming tree with glossy leaves and off-white bell-shaped flowers, very fragrant. The fragrance is stronger than gardenia.

2929 Schotia brachypetala
Tree fuchsia, African walnut. Slow growing, handsome, small tree. The flowers are rich deep red, and are produced in masses, in dense branched heads on the old wood.

2930 Schotia latifolia
Tree fuchsia, Bush Boer-bean. Small tree from Africa with pinkish to red flowers.


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