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This shrub is both an ornamental plant and a nutritious vegetable, often called Aibika. It was domesticated in South Asia and spread to Papua and the Pacific islands. This smooth, wide leaved cultivar is a superior strain from Melanesia.
Exotic Acacia from the SW Pacific, with very wide glossy phyllodes. It produces yellow flowers and twisting legumes. It grows as a shrub or tree to 10 m, depending on the conditions. It grows in pots and can be trained as a hedge. It is native to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, but it is also found in NE Australia.
This palm is native to Papua and the Solomon Islands but it was spread by people to many other countries because of its edible seeds. It is an extremely beautiful tree, quintessentially exotic, slender in all its parts, with graceful arching leaves.
Large bromeliad, with vertical swollen rosettes and curly leaftips. It is suitable for non-tropical climates as it can take light frosts. Albobracteata is the white-flowered variety, which has silvery leaves too. Long-lasting inflorescences will keep the show for 5-6 months.
Rosettes with spineless, green-silvery leaves bear powdery pink spikes with sky-blue flowers in late summer - "Coelestis" means sky-blue! Then, colourful pink-orange fruits will persist through winter until mid-spring. It does fine in cool temperatures but should be protected from frost.
This is the smallest variety of a widely grown frost-hardy bromeliad. When blooming the upper part of the plant turns bright pink for 2-3 months. This easy growing beauty is endemic to Santa Catalina, in SE Brazil. Cold hardy to at least - 8 C.
Easy-to-grow species of voodoo lily, native to the Yunnan Province of China. Leafstalks are mottled in grey spots, and leaves are glossy. The inflorescence is ivory-white. This "dwrf white voodoo lily" is one of the cold-hardiest in the genus Amorphophallus. 4-5 cm, Will bloom in 1 year.
All purpose spinach, but also an ornamental groundcover or climber for shady, wet places. Basella alba grows fast in hot, humid and lightly shaded conditions. Leaves can be picked continuosly and are often eaten lightly cooked, as a spinach.