Tuesday, August 28, 2007

More photos from the Biltmore Estate Conservatory

Calotropis gigantea
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Giant milkweed, Giant Calotrope, Crown Flower

Blue Glory flower, Clerodendrum ugandense (thanks Annie in Austin for the ID).

Some kind of pea plant.

Some kind of ginger???
Thanks to Julie of the Human Flower Project the ginger has been identified as: Globba winitii, the dancing ladies ginger or dancing girls ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae
More information on the Floridata website.

Allamanda sp. Alba
Family: Apocynaceae
Allamanda Blanca

Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant, Siamese Lucky Plant (Euphorbia milii)
I saw this plant on Nicole's A Caribbean Garden blog site. Thanks Nicole!

Possibly a kind of Cycad amongst the Tradescantia zebrina? You can see the spiny leaf stalk at the bottom of the photo.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

You need a tropical expert like ChristopherC at Outside Clyde to ID these, Ki! Nice photos of some really odd blooms.

The third one down is Blue Glory flower, Clerodendrum ugandense - I've seen that lovely flower growing in a sheltered border of one of the Divas of the Dirt - it dies to the ground then grows up in summer.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:17 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Annie, thanks for IDing the Clerodendrum. The flowering sprays were quite pretty. There were some weird looking plants. The sixth one from the top just above the white allamanda may be some kind of ginger, one that I've haven't seen before. It has the same kind of flowering structure as some of the Heliconias or shell gingers.

Thanks for the Outside Clyde lead.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

These are amazing! I think # 6 "some kind of ginger??" may be Globba winitii, a.k.a. "dancing ladies ginger"

I have some in my Texas garden that came back this year but haven't rebloomed (yet!).


12:01 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

How lovely, Ki! Such beauties! A few of these I've seen at either the USBG or in Smithsonian gardens...what fun! Excellent, excellent pictures!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Julie, thanks for identifying the ginger. I thought the leaves and the clumping nature of the stems indicated that it was some kind of ginger but I didn't know what kind. I've seen a lot of gingers but have never seen this species before.


Hi Gotta Garden,
It was fun and interesting to see unusual things. Some of the forms were fascinating. Thanks for your kind words. Stay tuned for more photos of the surrounding gardens to come and wildflowers from the Botanical Gardens too.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very lovely photos, some exotic to even me, from the tropics. I love the creamy alamanda-will definitely get that one if I ever come across a plant! I saw an identical colored crown of thorns in the farmers market in Trinidad last Saturday.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Nicole,
I thought the white Allamanda was quite unusual, I've only seen the yellow ones before. The monarch butterflies love the giant milkweed which has a characteristic smell that's a little off putting. I remember picking leaves with caterpillar attached to watch them go into the beautiful jewel like chrysalis stage and emerge as a butterfly. Endlessly fascinating for a kid. I guess the plant is mildly poisonous so the birds won't eat the caterpillars and the smell may be a warning?

4:18 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Giant Milkweed? Very cool....was it fragrant? Nice pictures of odd plants we don't get to see every day-thanks!

9:54 AM  

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