Posts in Plant collectors
Halloween at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

In honor of Halloween, take a virtual tour of some of Fairchild’s spooky plants. What’s Halloween without the orange spikes of Solanum pyracanthos—the porcupine tomato, Tacca chantrieri—the bat flower, Dendrophylax lindenii—the ghost orchid, Nepenthes bicalcarata—the vampire pitcher, or Orozylum indicum—midnight horror.

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A history of the plant name Plumeria, commonly known as Frangipani

To scientists, plants are known by their scientific name; to everyone else, they are usually known by a common name. Charles Plumier likely discovered the first Plumeria plant and it wasn’t officially described to science until Linnaeus in 1753. Since then, it has been an icon in tropical gardens around the world. Commonly known as Frangipani, a name that has an unusual story that started in London. You might be surprised to learn that both names have an interesting origin.

 

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