Did You Know…?

Monstera deliciosa

Growing on the ground you can see a Swiss Cheese plant. The plant was named for the holes in the leaves. It produces a spathe and spadix, similar in size and color to those produced by the tree philodendron. However, its spathe falls off the plant a couple of days after opening, leaving the green spadix visible, but sheltered beneath the leafy canopy above.

There is a big difference in the make-up of the spadix of Monstera versus the spadix of the tree philodendron. The spadix of Monstera is composed of just two kinds of flowers—male and female—mixed together over the entire length of the spadix. At maturity (about 9 months after blooming) the green corn-cob like “fruits” (spadices) become edible (see the second name of the plant….deliciosa!) when the hexagonal green plates that cover their surface fall off, but only the portion beneath where the plates fall off should be eaten (about 1 inch per day up the spadix).

The plant blooms during the mid to late summer and the fruits ripen about 9 to 12 months later. The juvenile forms of the plant are grown by florists on bark slabs (totems) in pots and are sometimes sold as split-leaved philodendrons, although they are not in the Genus Philodendron.

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HEADER_frameIndividuals interested in helping to maintain and grow the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls can join our Garden Membership Program. Becoming a member helps preserve our gardens of peace and beauty for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Both annual and lifetime memberships are available. Members may use their benefits at any time while the membership is active by presenting their membership card and a photo identification card.

All members receive the following benefits: 

  • Free admission to the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls for the duration of their membership.
  • A 10 percent discount on all non-sale items in the Garden Visitor Center.
  • Notice of garden events and newsletters.

Other benefits are available depending upon the level of membership. 

Our highest level members will receive special recognition: 

  • Dedication of a garden bench or tree with a plaque inscribed with the name of the member or a loved one (Tree of Life Member and above).
  • A permanent Gold Garden Benefactor Card which entitles you and your accompanying guests unlimited free access to all amenities of World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls except the Zip Isle zip line and Segway tours (Garden Benefactor).
  • Ten complimentary zip line passes (Garden Benefactor).
  • Recognition on the Garden Benefactors Plaque (Garden Benefactor). 

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Friday December 1 is National Pie Day in United States…

Each year on December 1, dessert lovers across the United States observe National Pie Day.

This is the 2nd time in a year this national treasure has a day.  The first and more popular designation falls on January 23.

While it might be the lesser of the two celebrated PIE days (there is also National Pi Day on March 14), it happens to fall smack dab in the middle of a major pie making season.

Take away ice cream as a dessert choice and most people are either cake people or pie people.  Or to put it another way, most people have cake or pie with their ice cream! Combine bumper crops from our gardens and fruit trees with a booming holiday season full of baked goods, cool weather and rosy-cheeked children; it’s time to tie on those apron strings and get baking.

Of course, we aren’t limited to dessert.  Savory pot pies provide comfort on a cold winters day and the satisfaction a family cook needs when caring for a family.

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Take Our Guided Horticultural Tour…

Swinging Bridge
On our exquisite 2-hour walking tour, one of our horticultural experts will point out fascinating facts about the beautiful flowers and plants in our extensive botanical collection and answer questions about tropical plants.

Your horticultural guide will first lead you to a spectacular view of Kamaee Falls, proclaimed to be one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and pristine waterfalls. This location is a must stop for both novice and professional photographers alike.

From there, you will be taking an unhurried stroll through our tropical Rainforest Trail. Watch other guests zipping high in the forest canopy and listen as our experts explain the many and varied uses of tropical plants, allowing you to smell the flowers and taste some of the ripe fruit. Continuing down the trail, you will encounter a quiet, serene, natural spring-fed stream lined by many of Hawaii’s unique plants and trees.

At the halfway point of your tour, you have the option to add a delicious lunch. Prepared and served for our guests, this unique option must be reserved in advance. Everyone will be able to partake in dessert – a sampling of fresh fruit from our own gardens.

Following the fruit and refreshment break, the group will proceed to our final destination, the magnificent Rainbow Walk. This portion of the tour meanders along a paved walkway surrounded by thousands of tropical plants.

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War-gods are Carried to Battle…

They did not employ any banners or colours, but in their warlike expeditions were attended by their idols. The national war-god was elevated above the ranks, and carried by the priest near the person of the king, or commander-in-chief. Nor was this the only idol borne to the battle: other chiefs of rank had their wargods carried near them by their priest; and if the king or chief was killed or taken, the god himself was usually captured also. The presence of their deities inspired the warriors with courage, who supposed their influence essential to victory. A description of Tairi has already been given, and he may be taken as a sample; the image was four or five feet high, the upper part wicker-work, covered with red feathers, the face a hideous form, the mouth armed with triple rows of dog’s or shark’s teeth, the eyes of mother of pearl, the head crowned with a helmet, the crest sometimes formed of long tresses of human hair. They were fixed on a small pillar or pedestal; were sometimes carried by the priests, or placed on the ground, upheld and defended by them. We have often conversed with Hevaheva, the priest of Tamehameha’s war-god, and though there is nothing naturally repulsive in his countenance, we have been told, that, in the battle, he often distorted his face into every frightful form, and uttered most terrific and appalling yells, which were supposed to proceed from the god he bore or attended.  (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?

 

Philodendron bipinnatifolium

Most Philodendrons are vines that typically climb up trees as they grow, and their name literally means “Tree Lover”. The marks on the trunk resemble eyes; the white part marking the scar where a leaf petiole or stalk was attached to the stem, and the black (iris) part marking the scar where the base of an inflorescence was attached. The inflorescences are those tubular, pointed green structures seen clustered around the shoot tip. If you are lucky, you may see an exposed/open inflorescence, which is composed of two major structures: (1) the outer spathe, which is green on the outside surface and creamy white on the inside surface, and (2) the inner spadix, which is smooth and white on its tip, with its lower portions being hidden by the spathe. It is composed of three kinds of flowers. At its tip are found fertile male/pollen producing flowers. About half-way down the spadix and extending almost to its base are found sterile, pinkish flowers. At the base of the spadix are found the fertile female/pistillate flowers.

However, the spathe opens up again at around 1 AM on day two, and within an hour or so, sheds copious amounts of a heavy, damp pollen that hangs from its tip in strands. However, the female flowers below are no longer receptive of pollen, so the plant cannot pollinate itself successfully. What has to happen is for a pollinator (a beetle in nature, a human otherwise) to take fresh pollen to an inflorescence that is exposed/open on day one of the flowering cycle, when its female flowers are receptive of pollen, and daub it onto the sticky stigmas. Plants that bloom with a spathe and spadix are classified by botanists into the Aroid Family, Araceae. Besides Philodendrons, the family includes plants like Anthurium, Dieffenbachia, Devil’s Ivy, Aglaonema, Spathiphyllum, Taro, Caladium, Alocasia, and Skunk Cabbage

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