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Chamaedorea seifrizii.

This Central American clumping palm is frequently utilized as a house-plant, as it tolerates fairly low light conditions typical of indoor light intensities. Here on the wet and cooler side of the Island, we can “get away” with growing it in full sun, but in a less cloudy, warmer location, some afternoon shade is necessary to prevent the sun from burning the leaves.

The plant is well-named, as its stems do resemble bamboo shoots once the leaves fall off, revealing the green stem beneath. Again, each “ring” around the stem marks the place (node) where a leaf was attached. This palm is closely related to another widely grown, but much smaller indoor plant, the Parlour Palm. Each plant is either a male or a female, being dioecious. Our plant is a male.

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Heliconia rostrata.

This plant gets its name because its brightly colored inflorescence somewhat resembles sets of lobster claws connected by a slim, loose rope. Each “claw” is actually a special, modified leaf called a bract, and several yellow-green flowers develop within and protrude a short distance when mature and ready for pollination. Unlike the upright inflorescence of the giant red heliconia, the Lobster Claw Heliconia’s inflorescence is pendant. So, certain Heliconias produce erect inflorescences, while others produce pendant inflorescences.

As with the giant red heliconia, each leafy shoot only produces one inflorescence, after which it dies back to the rhizome at its base and needs to be removed to keep the plant looking nice. It takes about six weeks for its inflorescence to “bloom out” from the time when it emerges from the upper end of the leafy shoot. Also, its peak bloom occurs in mid-summer; very few, if any, shoots bloom during the winter months.

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Jatropha podagraca.

This plant gets its name from the swollen base of its gray-barked, otherwise slender trunk, which resemble a gout-afflicted finger and swollen joint. The bromeliads growing around the base of the plant make it difficult to see the basal swelling. It produces rather rounded leaves which have the petiole attached towards the center of the blade. Such a leaf is called a peltate leaf, and is not a very common leaf type. Nasturtium, Taro and Lotus are other examples of plants producing peltate leaves.

The inflorescence is a bright red-orange, and consists of numerous small male flowers surrounding a few larger female flowers. If a fruit or two develops, it grows as a 3-lobed green capsule which turns brown at maturity, with each lobe or chamber of the capsule containing one peanut-sized seed. The plant is easy to grow from a seed, and grows best in full sun.

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Yucca gigantea.

This plant is frequently seen as a house-plant on the mainland, and it rarely blooms indoors. Here in the Gardens, it blooms in early summer, and possibly again in late summer. Its terminal inflorescence is quite large—up to 5 feet in height—and contains hundreds of creamy white bell-shaped flowers between 1 and 2 inches wide. From a distance it looks like a big pop-corn ball atop the leafy crown of dark green foliage. Unlike many other species of Yucca, its leaves are not tipped with dangerously long, sharp thorns.

It is easy to start a new plant from a piece of the stem, as it roots easily upon contact with the soil. Here it does not seem to produce any fruits or seeds, probably because there are not suitable pollinators around. 

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Delonix regia.

This is the large, spreading tree growing in the center of the Bromeliad patch. It is so beautiful in bloom (during the summer) that it has been distributed around the world in the tropics. It grows and blooms very well in South Florida. When they are in bloom, the Hohenbergia stellata bromeliads growing around the base of the trunk of the Royal Poinciana tree are beautiful, too, with their long lived coral pink inflorescences bedecked with blue flowers.

There is such a difference in the weather between the windward and the leeward sides of this Island that many kinds of plants exhibit different growth and flowering patterns depending on which side of the Island they are grown. Because it is so warm and sunny on the leeward side, one can find Royal Poinciana Trees blooming and in leaf the year around in Kona, and the same can be said for Plumeria. On our cooler, less sunny side of the Island, the tree goes dormant and loses most or all of its leaves until around the beginning of April, when it begins to grow again.

It produces long, dark-brown, flat pods (legumes) after the blooms have faded. The numerous, hard-coated seeds germinate easily upon planting in warm, moist soil, and young trees grow rapidly, although they may not bloom for 4 to 5 years. If you get the opportunity to examine an individual inflorescence, you should take the time to do so, as the individual flowers are very attractive and resemble some kinds of orchids. They are not fragrant.

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Archontophoenix alexandrae. 

Palm Family. As you drive along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, you can see large numbers of this tall, graceful palm growing in many of the gulches, looking like they are part of the indigenous flora.

Actually, they were brought here from the Australia-New Guinea area and have since become naturalized into the local vegetation. They are used occasionally as landscape plants, but they grow so tall so quickly that they tend get out of proportion with a small site, so, as always, care needs to be taken in the planning process to choose the right plant for the location. 

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Guzmania lingulata.

The colorful, vase-like plants growing in the soil and climbing up several of the palm trees nearby are part of our Garden Bromeliad Patch. Along the Rainbow Walk we have more than a dozen kinds of bromeliads growing together. There are over 3,000 species included in the bromeliad family, and many hundreds of varieties are grown as ornamental plants. With so many to choose from, we just do not have room for many more, although elsewhere in the Garden we have other different species growing. Some are usually in bloom and some display variously colored leaves, or both.

Bromeliads and pineapples are related, being in the same plant family–Bromeliaceae. Many Bromeliads are epiphytic—that is, they grow in or on trees or other plants—and many of them catch water in their central leaf whorl. In tropical rainforests, these tiny ponds nurture many kinds of organisms (e.g., algae, various insects, tree frogs) in a unique ecosystem, many feet above the forest floor.

Many different kinds of Bromeliads are sold in the nursery trade as beautiful flowering plants and/or strikingly colorful foliage plants that remain attractive for quite a long time before the inflorescence fades and the leaves of the mother plant wither. A few of the different species most note-worthy along the Rainbow Walk are: Guzmania lingulata, with its 12-18 inch tall yellow or red-orange inflorescence; Aechmea blanchetiana, with its long, wide coppery-bronze foliage and 6 foot tall red-yellow-orange inflorescence; and the numerous plants of Neoregelia caroliniae, with its pink center surrounded by glossy green leaves, that seems to be equally at home climbing a palm tree or growing in the soil.

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