Uses of Adenanthera pavonina include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber

Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence) Seeds of Adenanthera pavonina have long been a symbol of love in China and its name in Chinese is ‘xiang si dou’, translated as mutual love bean. Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber. […]

Solandra grandiflora produces fragrant and chalice-shaped flowers

Solandra grandiflora (Chalice Vine, Cup of Gold, Goldcup Vine, Golden Chalice Vine) Chalice Vine or Cup of Gold is a very captivating climber that produces ornamental, chalice-shaped and fragrant flowers. A free-flowering perennial vine that blooms year round. Fabulous when trained on pergolas and trellises with their huge and creamy yellow and golden flowers cascading […]

Manihot esculenta is one of the most important tropical food crops in the world

Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay) Tapioca or Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. It is one of the most important staple food crops in the developing world and provides a basic diet for over half a billion people.

Caryota mitis with leaves that are shaped like the fish’s tail

Caryota mitis (Clustered Fishtail Palm, Tufted Fishtail Palm, Burmese Fishtail Palm) The Clustered Fishtail Palm is a very unique-looking palm with bipinnate leaves that are shaped like the fish’s tail. A charming Burmese Fishtail Palm that will be excellent as a specimen tree to landscape one’s garden, patio, deck and even as a potted houseplant […]

Cycas revoluta is the most widely cultivated of the cycads

Cycas revoluta (Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago, Sago Cycad/Palm) This majestic Japanese Sago Palm or King Sago is the most widely cultivated of the cycads. This tropical plant is not a palm but truly a very attractive and ornamental cycad. Besides, it is one of several species used for the production of sago.