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Michelia figo

This evergreen, medium-sized shrub does not attract much attention until it blooms and people nearby start looking for the ripe bananas that they can smell, only to find that the intense banana fragrance originates from the inch long pale yellow flowers that are hidden among the leaves. This plant will grow in the Sacramento area of California. It blooms in the late spring and early summer months here in the Garden.

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Angiopteris evecta. Marattia

The fronds of this fern can attain a length of up to 25 feet, while its “trunk” grows to a more modest height of about a meter. It is native to New Guinea and Northern Australia. It is considered to be invasive in Jamaica, and locally it appears to have strong invasive potential, as it is becoming very abundant in some of the gulches along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

The new leaves/fronds emerge from the center of the stocky stem as a huge coil that is very interesting to see and to watch over a period of several weeks as it unfurls into a huge leaf. The dark brown sporangia are arranged in a row around the margin of each leaflet.

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Costus villosissimus

(Some botanists put the Genus Costus into its own family, the Family.) Costus shoots produce leaves that are spirally arranged around a central stem that typically reaches a length of 4 to 8 feet, with a terminal “cone-like” inflorescence at its end. The bracts may be brightly colored (red in Pineapple Ginger) or just green, as with this species. The flowers (pale yellow with this species) of all Costus species are edible, and some are quite delicious. What makes this particular Costus interesting is its very hairy leaves and stems. Once the inflorescence has bloomed out, the old stem should be cut off at the ground level to encourage new shoots to grow. It grows best if given partial shade in the afternoon.

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Pentas lanceolata

These plants bloom continuously, producing numerous rounded inflorescences consisting of several dozen five-pointed 3/8 inch diameter star-shaped flowers each. Flower colors range from white to pink to purple and red; they are very attractive to butterflies. They self-seed very readily. Our plants are representative of the “wild”-type of the plant, and there are dwarf, compact varieties from which to choose at nurseries or from seed catalogues. They thrive in full sun and warm, well-drained sites. Our individual plants live for a year or two before soil nematodes cause the plants to decline in vigor and die, but there are always new ones sprouting up to take their place. It is highly recommended for color in the garden.

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Leea coccinea

This purplish-green upright plant somewhat resembles heavenly bamboo (Nandina), although it is not related to Nandina. The terminal inflorescence bears numerous small pink-red flowers, followed by pea-sized purple berries, said to be toxic. Best color is attained in full sun, but the plant will tolerate moderate shade, and is occasionally used as a house plant.Experience all the beauty of Hawai’i at Botanical World…

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Arenga engleri

This is a clumping, feather-leaved palm with leaves up to 15 feet long. It doesn’t grow as rapidly as a Madagascar Butterfly “Areca” Palm, but ultimately surpasses it in the sheer mass of its stems and foliage.

The dark green leaflets bear a slight resemblance to elongated fish fins. Sugary sap can be obtained by cutting off the branched end of the inflorescence and catching the drippings in a pail. The monoecious inflorescences are terminal on the individual shoots, and flowering leads to the death of that particular shoot, referred to as a hapaxanthic growth pattern. Clumping fish-tail palms also exhibit this pattern of flowering. This palm will survive short periods of sub-freezing temperatures down to the low 20’s F.

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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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