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Medinilla magnifica

Philippine Medinilla is a species in the genus Medinilla native to the Philippines. This species of Medinilla is also commonly known as the Philippine orchid, and it is an epiphyte. Various species and hybrids in this family are well known and popular with plant collectors with Medinilla speciosa or the Showy Asian Grape plant being found almost identical. The terminal ends of the shoots are flat and appear to be covered by tiny warts—very different in appearance from most other plant shoot tips.

The major attraction of this plant is its unique and beautiful pink inflorescence, which, in another species, is followed by vividly contrasting purple round berries held together by the pink stems. This particular plant is receiving more shade than it should have if it is to bloom to its full potential. Nevertheless, it does produce a few blooms, mostly during the early summer. Several other species of Medinilla are grown locally as ornamental flowering plants.

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Myrciaria cauliflora

The small-leaved shrub with the smooth tan bark beneath the Mango tree is a Jaboticaba bush. The fruit—a dark purple, round, shiny berry about an inch in diameter—grows directly from the larger stems and the trunk of a large shrub. The creamy-white flowers almost completely cover the “barky” portions of the plant when it blooms (which may happen a couple of times a year), only to be followed in about 3 weeks by an almost complete covering of ¾ to 1 inch diameter grape-like dark purple fruit. This is one of the fastest maturing woody plant type fruits in the world—from flower to ripe fruit in less than a month. The purple “skin” of the fruit is about 1/8 inch thick and has a distinctive spicy taste, a bit like orange peel.

Most people “pop” the berry inside their mouth and suck out the sweet, juicy pulp and spit out the skin and the one to a couple of seeds. Some people make a nice purple jelly from the fruit.

The plants tolerate flooding well, because they originate in the Amazon River flood plain, and are periodically inundated for several weeks during the rainy season. They are typically grown from seed, and, when grown in the ground, can take a decade or longer to reach blooming size. Plants should be grown in full sun to maximize fruit production and quality.

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Mangifera indica

The Mango is actually a member of the Cashew Nut Family. Plants in the Cashew Nut Family may produce an oil that causes extreme allergic reactions of the skin and/or other types of severe allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are also in this plant family. So some people can be allergic to mangoes, which is unfortunate, because the Mango is one of the finest fruits there is.

‘Keitt’ (fall/winter) and ‘Hayden’ (summer) are two choice mango varieties. Fresh mango is great by itself or with vanilla ice-cream or on waffles or in a smoothie. Dried, sliced mango with or without Li Hing (an oriental seasoning) is also a treat. The tree here produces a relatively small, but delicious yellow fruit. Mango trees can become very large and live for many hundreds of years. Their shoot growth is “episodic”, which means that every so often new shoots will grow from the tips of the shoots in part of the tree, while other parts of the tree are “resting”—although still in leaf. New shoot growth is often a rich burgundy red, making a beautiful contrast with the rest of the dark green foliage.

Mango trees typically bloom in the winter season. In a wet year, the blooms are frequently attacked and killed by fungal organisms, so most commercial production takes place on the dry (leeward) side of the Island. It is possible to control the fungal diseases with fungicidal sprays, if one wishes to utilize them appropriately.

Mangoes can be eaten/used when in the green state or anywhere between that and fully ripe. One can make a great “apple” pie with green mangoes. When partially ripe, the flesh is very firm and crunchy and has an acid-semi-sweet taste, and when fully ripe it is similar to a juicy peach in consistency and sometimes flavor. In some varieties the skin is green when the mango is ripe, while in others it turns a beautiful red to red-orange.

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Artocarpus altilis

This is the tree with large, jaggedly-edged leaves downslope from the Teddy-bear Palms. This is often referred to as a “Canoe Plant”, as it was brought to Hawaii by the early Polynesian voyagers of long ago, being a staple in the diet of these people and thus of their descendants—the Hawaiian people. It might be roasted whole in a fire, or cooked as an ingredient in lau lau. It takes on the flavor of what it is cooked with, and resembles potatoes in texture and flavor in cooked dishes.

There is a great deal of latex in the immature fruit, and this will freely run out of any surface injury to the fruit. The distinctive leaves are often seen in stylized patterns on Hawaiian quilts. Breadfruit was one of the main characters in the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty.

The only way to grow more breadfruit plants is to take root cuttings or graft selected varieties onto ordinary root stocks, as the plant does not produce viable seeds. Several young breadfruit tree can be seen growing under the drip-line of the Royal Poinciana tree to the left, across the walkway from the mother plant, from which the root that gave birth to the young tree originates.

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Dipsys leptochilios.

Teddy-Bear Palm has prominent rings separated by greenish-gray sections of the trunk towering above the two Pygmy Date Palms that are next to the walkway. The bases of the leaves are covered with a thick, fur-like coat of hairs that resembles the coat of a teddy bear.

The rings along the trunk mark the point of attachment of now-fallen leaf fronds. The white coloration on the surface of the green upper trunk is a wax produced by the plant. It repels water. This palm originally came from Madagascar, the home of many kinds of unique plants and animals.

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Certostachys renda

Is a beautiful clumping palm named for the color of the leaf bases that hide the green upper trunk which are similar in color to sealing wax. Another common name for the plant is the Lipstick Palm. Many palm enthusiasts consider this palm to be the most beautiful palm there is.

When the leaves fall off the trunk, they expose another segment (internode) of smooth, emerald green stem, which contrasts strikingly with the bright red of the adjacent red leaf base.

This palm is from the swampy lowlands of South East Asia. It will not tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees.

Because of its beauty and relative scarcity, it is highly sought after as a landscape plant in our area, and it is rather expensive, with a specimen as large as ours here fetching a price of several thousand dollars.

If you look up into the foliage of the taller shoots, you might see one or more slender branched inflorescences emerging from the trunk near the base of the lowest leaf on the stem.

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Dypsis lutscens

This clumping palm is also from Madagascar and was relatively recently re-classified from its previous Genus name of Chrysalidocarpus into the Genus Dypsis, along with several other related Genera. Its common name “Areca” is actually that of an entirely different Genus of palms, the most notable of which is the Betel-Nut Palm. This palm is widely used in our area as a hedge-row or screening plant, and, on the mainland, it is frequently used as a house-plant, as well as being found in many south Florida landscapes.

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