Thursday, April 28, 2011


(anacardiaceae) Anacardium occidentale  CASHEW, CASHEW NUT, CASHEW APPLE, CAJU.  This popular nut is caustic and can badly irritate the mouth if bitten, and the skin.  After it is roasted it is safe.  Roasting must be done outdoors because the fumes irritates as well, and can damage the lungs.  Care must be taken in the roasting process because if burned by the hot seeds, you can be scarred for life.  The actual fruit is the nut; the apple (which we call the fruit) is a swollen stem, a pseudocarp or false fruit, which can be eaten fresh or made into stewed cashew, a Belizean sweet.  Cashew nuts are a popular snack and is used in Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisine.  The bark and nuts (which are the seeds) are used medicinally.  Cashew are fast growing and will fruit 2 years after planting,  even if in a large container.  It tolerates very poor soil, drought and salt air.

CASHEW tree.

CASHEW blossoms.

CASHEW fruits.

CASHEW fruit.

Closeup of CASHEW fruit.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


(apocynaceae) Plumeria, FRANGIPANI, is related to the oleander and is poisonous.  The sap may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.  These do well in full sun.  The flowers are most fragrant at night so the sphinx moth can pollinate them.

Plumeria obtusa, Singapore Plumeria, SINGAPORE WHITE - this magnificent specimen grows in front of Captain Jaks.


Plumeria rubra Pink also called TEMPLE TREE, CALACHUCHI - this beauty grows in Wallen's yard.

Closeup of FRANGIPANI pink

Closeup of FRANGIPANI pink

Plumeria rubra yellow, Plumeria acutifolia - this FRANGIPANI is in my garden, the flowers are very light brown with pink edges and yellow centers.  Not open yet, will post photos when they do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


(euphorbiaceae)  Jatropha integerrima,  called SPICY JATROPHA, CORAL PLANT, PEREGRINA.  It grows up to 15 feet high and flowers all year round.  The milky sap can irritate the skin.  All parts are poisonous.  It likes full sun but does well in containers on porches or patios.  It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Colors are scarlet (shown below), coral/apricot and red/orange.






Monday, April 18, 2011


(dracaenaceae) Dracaena reflexa  DRACAENA,  is an ornamental good for office, home or outdoors.  It will tolerate low light conditions.  If they become too leggy, cut them at the desired height and new leaves will soon appear.  Do not overwater as it can cause root rot.



Closeup of DRACAENA leaves.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


(araceae) Anthurium schlechtendahlii Kunth  BIRD'S NEST ANTHURIUM, is one of the giant anthuriums with leaves that grow to 3 feet high.  The roots grow almost on top of the ground and in the wild can grow on trees and rocks.  It likes partial to full shade and regular watering.  All parts of the plant are poisonous.

The spadix of the BIRD'S NEST ANTHURIUM is purplish/gray.

                                            Spadix of BIRD'S NEST ANTHURIUM

                                                BIRD'S NEST ANTHURIUM seeds.

Friday, April 15, 2011


(rubiaceae) Mussaenda philippica,  MUSSAENDA, called WILD POINSETTIA in Belize although it is not related to the poinsettia, can grow up to 10 feet tall, 1 to 3 feet high if potted.  It likes full sun to partial shade.


                                                 MUSSAENDA  closeup of flowers.

                                                      A bit of the garden at Lola's Art.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


(plumbaginaceae) Plumbago auriculata, plumbago capensis,  called BLUE PLUMBAGO, CAPE PLUMBAGO and CAPE LEADWORT.  It blooms all year round, and likes full sun.  It also comes in white and hot pink.


                                                                    BLUE PLUMBAGO