The Desert Rose of Africa. One of the most desirable of the caudiciform succulents. Noted for its thick and often contorted base, these plants also have beautiful trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of pink and red. Keep moist and well fed during the growing season (when plants are in leaf) and allow to dry well between watering when dormant. Trim longer stems to encourage branching and elevate the caudex when re-potting to expose best characteristics. Ideal in a decorative container.
This grafted hybrid has a ruffled, creamy-white double flower.
This unusual and handsome species is from the area of Itamaraju, Bahia, Brazil, with an upright vase shape and stoloniferous habit. The foliage is light green and translucent, banded above and below with dark brown. It superficially resembles an Ae. orlandiana, but the texture of the foliage is much lighter. The inflorescence is reminiscent of Ae. bambusoides, with clusters of short branches and large red bracts on a long, thin scape. A choice plant for mounting or hanging basket culture.
The 'Ponytail Palm' is not a palm, but a caudiciform from Mexico. Develops a thick caudex and unusual thin trunks with graceful, grassy tops. Commonly used in landscape across the warm parts of the U.S. and as an interiorscape plant in cool climates. Can grow very large in time, but tends to remain stunted to the pot size provided. The caudex is naturally exposed and grows throughout the life of the plant, which apparently can be centuries, reaching huge proportions.
The clone of this plant that we have was originally collected by Mulford Foster in Maracas, Bahia, Brazil in 1948 and was described by Lyman Smith. This clone was in Foster’s private collection until his death. It is a stiff, upright, tubular rosette with thick green leaves that are heavily scurffed on the underside. As the plant grows towards maturity it develops some dark burgundy color on the underside of the leaves. A great addition to any bromeliad collector’s assemblage!
Dischidia species 'Geri'
Endemic to the Philippines, and due to its close resemblance to Dischidia oiantha, its identification is often confused and a bit of a mystery. Dischidia sp.‘Geri’ makes a great beginner species. It can tolerate temperatures into the 40’s F, wide ranges of light levels and can even withstand over-watering or drought for short periods of time. Furthermore, D. sp. ‘Geri’ even makes a great terrarium species! The foliage is a wonderful soft green color and coin shaped with new foliage often emerging a nice red. The flowers are creamy white and are born in small clusters of three to ten. They posses no noticeable fragrance but are pleasant nonetheless. Dischidia sp. ‘Geri’ is the “total package” for lovers of all things Dischidia.
Guzmania lingulata minor
A small growing plant with thin light green leaves. The inflorescence is small rosette of red orange bracts that are tipped in white. This one will work well in a terrarium.
Medinilla aff. succulenta
An interesting and somewhat obscure member of the Melastomataceae that contains many much more familiar species. This species is an epiphyte that lives in the moist to wet tropical forests of Indonesia, our specimen originating in Borneo. A compact shrub-like plant that superficially resembles Hydnophytum, but without the caudex base. The foliage is borne on slender branches, oblong leathery leaves that are lime green. The flowers are borne in clusters along the mature branches and are quite tiny and white followed by clusters of small pea sized orange fruit. The flowers and fruits can appear at any time of year and are usually present.
Our plants originated from seed that we obtained at the Flecker Botanic Gardens in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The aff. in the name indicates that this plant has not been fully identifies as being the true species succulenta. This species is variable and others that have seen our plant have little doubt that the plant is indeed succulenta, though due to its source we are keeping the aff. in the name.
An interesting and somewhat obscure member of theMelastomataceaethat contains many much more familiar species. This species is an epiphyte that lives in the moist to wet tropical forests of Indonesia, our specimen originating in Borneo. A compact shrub-like plant that superficially resemblesHydnophytum, but without the caudex base. The foliage is borne on slender branches, oblong leathery leaves that are lime green. The flowers are borne in clusters along the mature branches and are quite tiny and white followed by clusters of small pea sized orange fruit. The flowers and fruits can appear at any time of year and are usually present.
This species is decorated with orange berries directly along the branches that ripen to pink and purple. A more compact, well-shaped plant about 18 inches tall, with wide, attractive leaves that are thick and glossy. A choice plant.
Neoregelia 'Bob Work'
A colorful small plant with green leaves, washed with red and a sort of banded pattern. The cup flushes vivid red-purple in bloom. A nice windowsill-sized plant. The cross is by Gary Hendrix Neoregelia princeps x ‘Fireball’ x ‘Peggy Pollard’.
A large albomarginated hybrid from Chester Skotak. Growing to 24 inches across and 12 inches tall, the form is a tall rosette. The 2.75 inch wide leaves have cream colored margins. The edges of the leaves are armed with spines of burgundy. As the plant matures the spines on the lower leaves turn white. There is no color change at anthesis.
Neoregelia 'High Energy'
A new release from Chester Skotak. (Not yet registered, cross info not yet reported) Upright narrow leaves that flare up and out forming a vase-like rosette. Leaf color is dark green with narrow white margins. The entire plant is heavily spotted and banded with dark red good contrasting colors.