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This is a lovely small species from SE. Brazil with the most unusual leaves in the genus: these are dark green with a bright white central stripe. Then it bears "reticulate" pink coloured flowers. This is the true wild species, not one of the hybrids commonly found in the trade under this name.
A most elegant subtropical shrub, with soft woody stems and large, wide, deep-green leaves. Then it bears some supreme bright yellow inflorescences which are very long lasting. Justicia aurea is fast growing and it is great in bright shade to create a quick tropicalesque effect. It is better pruned back after blooming, otherwise it becomes leggy and old.
Healthy in general, as most gingers, this Kaempferia is used as a strengthener or aphrodisiac since immemorial times. It is also a nice ornamental: flowers are not too exciting (parvi-flora means small flowered) but leaves are glossy and wavy.
Large >2 years old plant - This African tree, produces distinctive gigantic fruits, shaped like sausages. It is easy to cultivate in pots, as long as it is kept above 4 C. Leaves are dark green, glossy and pinnate. The tree in fruit is a people-stopper.
Very exotic foliage, velvety, translucent and with bright copper patches This gesneriad grows up to 60 cm tall and blooms profusely in Spring and Summer with VERY exotic flowers. Say tree-gloxinia and many people will imagine this plant.
Grafted plant of a rare species of mango from Borneo. "Laurina" fruits contain the flavour of all flavours! They are green-yellow when ripe and the skin sap smells of turpentine! Bright yellow-orange flesh, very juicy, with an intensity of flavour that no domestic mango can achieve. Sweet too, and only comparable to Mangifera casturi. What a mango! ... it...
Dwarf mango tree with huge purple-green juicy fruits of about 1 kg each. One of the most colourful of all. Bears late in season. Not really cold hardy, but being "dwarf" it can be easily protected in winter, grown in a greenhouse or trained on a wall.
Osteen is an average sized tree, very good in Mediterranean climates and so it is the leading mango cultivar in commercial orchards of Southern Spain. Purple skinned fruit, typically with a blue wax. Yellow, fibre-less flesh, small seed. Weight is 300-700
This species rocks! It is a creeping plant, with sensitive leaves that respond to touch, heat or wind. When you touch the leaves they quickly close for a few minutes. It is from tropical America and it loves a lot of sun and heat.
Ornamental palm-like herbaceous plant from SE Asia to Australia. Palm-grass grows in bright shade and creeps as a tall ground cover, with very showy ribbed leaves, resembling the juvenile foliage of so many palms, like Syagrus romanzoffiana.
Nakitengwa is one of the " East African Highland Bananas ", distinguishable by the numerous glossy black blotches on the pseudostem. Within this grouop, it is a "Beer Banana", and its fruits are traditionally (and now industrially) used for making banana beer.