Drop in if you get a chance. The Lithos plants, commonly called ‘Living stones’ are getting ready to bloom. They’re located in the succulent greenhouse on the south end.
Also, be sure to check out the amazing growth ‘Stinker’ (the titan arum plant) has made this fall. Stinker is located at the far south end of the greenhouse.
Ochoa serrulata is found in the Ochnaceae family
Black-colored ripened berry fruit, subtended by red sepals.
This beautiful small tree is located in the middle bed of the north greenhouse. It is a native of the forested areas of South Africa.
Ficus leaves damaged by whiteflies
The Tucker Greenhouse has its share of ‘critters’, but right now there is a ‘bloom’ of these nasty whitefly insects, AND they are slowly defoliating a large Ficus tree in one of the tropical greenhouses. They seem to like certain plants better than others too. They love feeding on members of the Araceae, and Moraceae plant families in particular.
For a great description of whiteflies and the havoc they can wreak on plants, see the following from Planet Natural, a research center for organic gardeners…
Banana flowers-Musa sp. found in the Musaceae family.
Close-up of the flowers
Banana flower/fruit stalk
For a lively rendition of the song “My banana has no bones”, sung by Dr. James Bircher, please click here.
Theobroma cacao tree with flowers and bean forming.
For scale, each flower is smaller than a dime, and the current length of the tiny beans is 1 cm. I will be giving updates as these chocolate beans grow and change.