Beautiful Galangal or Shell-flower (Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’)斑葉月桃

Beautiful Galangal or Shell-flower (Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’) 斑葉月桃

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Beautiful Galangal or Shell-flower (Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’) seeds and dried seed pods. 斑葉月桃的種子與乾燥的種莢.

Tropical perennial.  Ginger family.  Beautiful, useful, edible and medicinal.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in warm and moist environment.  Yellow flowers with red center bloom in late spring to early summer.   Leaves are often used as food wrap.  The leaves can used for herbal tea.  The rhizomes can be used as cooking ginger.  The fiber of the plant can be used and used for rope or mat making.  USDA zones:8-11.  Mature size:3′-8′(H) X 2′-4′(W).  Propagate by seeds, bulbs or rhizomes or division. Medicinal.

熱帶多年生,薑科的植物.  美麗,實用,可以食用以及具有藥用價值.  容易栽種. 最好栽種在全日照到半日照的溫暖濕潤的環境. 春末夏初開黃色花,花心有紅色斑. 葉片常用作食物的包覆材料.  也可用來沖泡藥草茶. 老枝葉的纖維可以提取作為編織用. 植株喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高3-8呎,寬幅2-4呎.  繁殖方式以種子,球根/塊根或分株方式來進行.  藥用.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpinia_zerumbet                  https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%89%B7%E5%B1%B1%E8%96%91      http://www.inmjh.kh.edu.tw/project/inmplant/Plant/061-070/068.htm http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55244/#b

Buddhist pine  (Podocarpus macrophyllus) 羅漢松

Buddhist pine  (Podocarpus macrophyllus) 羅漢松

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Buddhist pine  (Podocarpus macrophyllus) seeds. 羅漢松的種子.

Tropical small to medium sized evergreen tree. Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to full shade location in warm region.  Small yellow flowers in mid summer.  Birds and wild life feed on its ripe red/purple berries.   USDA Zones:8-10. Mature size:15′-20′(H) X 4′-6′(W). Propagate by seeds ,cuttings or layering.

熱帶中小型常綠樹種. 容易栽種. 最好栽種在熱帶全日照到半日照處,但是低光源也能生長.  仲夏間開黃色小花.  熟果轉紅或紫色頗吸引鳥類與野生動物覓食.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高15-20呎,寬幅僅4-6呎. 繁殖方式以種子,枝條扦插或壓條/高壓方式來進行.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podocarpus_macrophyllus                  https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E7%BE%85%E6%BC%A2%E6%9D%BE                      http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/51478/#b

 

Niphaea oblonga白桐草

Niphaea oblonga 白桐草

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Niphaea oblonga 白桐草

 

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Niphaea oblonga rhizome.白桐草的鱗莖.

Tropical perennial.   Easy to grow.  Best growing in partial shade location.  Fragrant small white flowers in late spring to fall.  USDA Zones:9-11. Mature size:10″-1′(H/W). Propagate by cuttings, rhizomes or division. Suitable in containers indoors.

熱帶多年生草花.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在半日照處.  白色芬芳的小花於春末開到秋天,花期很長.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高/寬幅僅10吋到1呎.  繁殖以扦插,鱗莖或分株方式來進行.  適合室內盆植.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_903y_niphaea_oblonga_seeds           http://gesneriads.tumblr.com/post/115915048880/scaly-rhizomes-of-niphaea-oblonga-all-of-these

Bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina) 南非葉

Bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina) 南非葉

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Bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina) is easy to propagate by cuttings. 南非葉容易以枝條扦插來繁殖.

This tropical shrub has medicinal effect.  Native in Africa.  Easy to grow and propagate.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Small creamy white flowers in summer.  Leaves can be eaten raw, into smoothie or as leafy vegetable in cooking.   It has bitter taste, hence the name.  Native mature size: 20′-30′(H) X 4′-6′(W).  USDA Zones:9+.  It is very popular plant in Asia for health benefit.   Good for growing in containers, it is easy to control the size this way.  Propagate by seeds or cuttings.  Medicinal.

南非葉它是熱帶灌木主要是以藥用目的來種植.  原生於非洲.  容易栽種及繁殖.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  米白色小花於夏天盛開. 葉片可以直接食用或果汁機打成汁飲用中或與其他葉菜一起料理.  葉很苦,性大寒故不可多食.  喜熱不耐寒. 原生地的成熟植株可達20-30呎高,寬幅4-6呎.  因為其藥用價值所以在亞洲廣為人們栽種.  繁殖方式以種子或扦插方式來進行.  適合盆植來控制其植株大小.  藥用.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia_amygdalina   http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/221062/     http://baike.baidu.com/view/9693441.htm   http://wmwm5600.blogspot.ca/2012/10/621.html

 

Japanese pepper/Japanese pricklyash (Zanthoxylum piperitum)花椒/川椒

Japanese pepper/Japanese pricklyash (Zanthoxylum piperitum)花椒/川椒
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Japanese pepper/Japanese pricklyash (Zanthoxylum piperitum) seeds. 花椒/川椒的種子.

Hardy shrub or tree with fragrant flowers.  Its fruit are used as spices. Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location. USDA Zones:6-9.  Mature size:6′-8′(H) X 4′-6′(W). Propagate by seeds.
強健灌木/小樹開有香味的花朵. 其果實用作料理的調味香料.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.   耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高6-8呎,寬幅4-6呎. 繁殖以種子方式來進行.
Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

Fuyu Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’) 富有柿

Fuyu Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’) 富有柿

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Fuyu Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’) fruit and seeds. 富有柿的果實與種子.

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Fuyu Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’) seed germination in about 10 days. 富有柿種子約10天左右孵出.

Deciduous fruit tree.  Fruit texture is more like apple, sugar content is high.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Mid spring with white or yellow flowers. USDA Zones:7-11.  Mature size:15′-20′(H) X 20′-40′(W). Propagate by cuttings, budding or grafting.  Seedlings often graft on other type of persimmon seedlings.

會落葉的熱帶果樹.  吃起來果實口感接近蘋果,但是甜度更高些.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處. 春開黃白色花.  喜熱不甚耐寒.  成熟株高約15-20呎,寬幅20-40呎. 繁殖方式主以扦插,芽接或嫁接方式來進行.  種子苗通常嫁接在黑棗苗.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Fuyu_Persimmons_9071.php                 https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%AF%8C%E6%9C%89                   http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/62306/#b

 

White Wax Apple(Syzygium samarangense)白蓮霧

White Wax Apple(Syzygium samarangense)白蓮霧

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White Wax Apple(Syzygium samarangense)白蓮霧

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White Wax Apple (Syzygium samarangense) and seeds from inside the fruit.白蓮霧及其切開後的種子.

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6 White Wax Apple (Syzygium samarangense) seeds from 3 wax apples. 從3顆白蓮霧果實取出的6枚種子.

Tropical fruit.  Also called: Java apple, Semarang rose-apple and wax jambu/wax apple.  The most common kind is with red/pink fruit.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Pink flowers in late spring to mid fall.  Fruit is pear shape, juicy, crispy and sweet.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies, fruit attract birds and other wild life and edible to human.  USDA Zones:9-11. Mature size:15′-40′(H/W).  Propagate by seeds, cuttings, layering or grafting.   That growing from seeds to flower and fruit is slow, it will take 5-6 years to flower and fruit and the gene may not like the mother plant.

熱帶水果.  它有不少其他的名字.  較為常見的蓮霧是結著紅色/粉紅色的果實.  容易栽種. 最好栽種在全日照到半日照處. 春末到中秋期間開粉紅色花,花期很長. 果實為西洋梨形,多汁,且脆甜. 花頗吸引蜂蝶,果實鳥類也很愛,其他野生動物也會來覓食,它也是人類可以食用的水果.  成熟株高/寬幅為15-40呎.  繁殖以種子,扦插,壓條或嫁接等方式來進行.  種子較慢,要約5-6年才會開花結果且遺傳基因變數多很可能和親代有所不同.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%93%AE%E9%9C%A7                           https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_samarangense                                       http://www.tnfd.gov.tw/index.php?code=list&flag=detail&ids=73&article_id=3618    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57647/#b