Poinsettias evoke the holiday spirit and have become the symbol of Christmas. Euphorbia pulcherrima (‘pulcherrima’ means ‘very beautiful’) is commonly called the Poinsettia or Flower of the Holy Night.
Zingiber officinale commonly called Culinary ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and originates from South-east Asia.
Euphorbia mille commonly called Crown of Thorns or Christ of Thorns originates from Madagascar and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.
Catharanthus rosens commonly called Periwinkle, Never Done or Vinca originates from Madagascar. Over the years, botanists have been working to breed periwinkle in many colours and with large flowers.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima commonly called Pride of Barbados or Peacock flower originates from the West Indies.
Nerium oleander commonly called Oleander or Rose bay originates from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East and comes from the Apocynaceae family.
Platycerium bifurcatum commonly called Staghorn fern originates in the tropical areas of Australia, Asia and Africa, but has adapted well to Guyana.
Adiantum commonly called the Maidenhair fern originates from tropical Brazil. There are approxi-mately 200 species.
The Breadfruit fern commonly called the Toyo fern originates in the tropical Americas and the Caribbean, and belongs to the Polypodiaceae family.
Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis commonly called Boston fern originated from the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Ferns makes excellent houseplants. They are a decorative focal point of a room.
Are you planting a hedge and don’t know what to choose? Most people when deciding to plant a hedge, do so for the simple reason of privacy, but if you want to add greenery and colour at the same time you can have both.
Arundina graminifolia commonly called the Bamboo orchid is native to Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Spathoglottis are terrestrial orchids commonly referred to as Ground orchids because they grow in soil.
Renanthera orchids are native to eastern Asia, south China and the Pacific Islands.
Oncidium orchids are native to the Caribbean, South and Central America and Florida.
Dendrobium orchids originate from South-east Asia and the South Pacific including India, Australia and Fiji.
Phalaenopsis orchids are native to South East Asia; they are beautiful and exotic and are commonly known as phal.
Cattleya are natives of South and Central America and the Caribbean. There are approximately 60 natural species of this genus.
From Chinese and Japanese manuscripts we learn that they were growing Orchids, ie, Dendrobiums, Cymbidiums and other native species approximately 3,000 years ago.
Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family and the name orchid derives from the Greek word ‘orchis’ which means ‘testicle’ ‒ a term that describes the roots of the orchids.
Zingiberaceae Purpurata commonly called Ginger Lily or Hawaiian Ginger originated in Malaysia and South East Asia and was brought to Hawaii in the mid-1930s.
We are well into the rainy season and with the heavy rainfall we are getting at the moment, the grass on the lawn may well be showing signs of distress.