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History of Alocasia Clypeolata Alocasia clypeolata is a flowering plant of the Araceae family, typically grown for its distinctive 'elephant ear' foliage. Native to the Philippines, it makes an excellent houseplant and will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Alocasia comes from the Greek 'a' meaning without and 'Colocasia' the name of a closely allied genus, from which it was separated. Clypeolata means 'shield shaped' and refers to the shield shaped leaves. Alocasia clypeolata has beautiful green waxy leaves with darker veining and light green undersides. The leaves are held on light green petioles. The leaves can grow to up to 60cm in length in a...

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History of Monstera Acuminata Monsteras are generally known as large, handsome climbing plants but there are also small species suitable for growing as epiphytes on a branch or in a small plant-case.  The species Monstera Acuminata is from Guatemala. The stem is slightly flattened, with short internodes (only about 6 to 10 cm [2-½ to 4 in] long). The leaf stalks are up to 15 cm (6 in) long at the most, but usually only half that, the leaf blades between 10 and 25 cm (4 and 10 in). Adult plants have leaves resembling those of Monstera deliciosa (in cultivation, however, they...

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About Philodendron White Knight Philodendron White Knight is an easy-to-grow tropical plant. White Knight philodendron has its origin from South America. It could be planted as a house plant, and also as an outdoor plant provided the climate is mild. White Knight is a very rare but easy to grow variegated philodendron that tends to be rather slow growing but well worth the wait. This leaves are splattered with color and it has the most unusual purple brown and cream colored stems. The reason for the slow growth is that the nodes are only a half inch apart creating a...

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The Begonia Maculata, otherwise known as the Polka Dot Begonia, is one of the most unique plants in the world for its natural polka dot design. A mature Begonia Maculata can grow up to 1.5m tall and are mostly distinguishable for their unique leaf pattern. Colored an olive green which turns into an emerald green, these leaves feature pale green or white dots, giving this plant the nickname of the Polka Dot Begonia. Underneath this polka dot pattern is a red, purple, or burgundy underside of the leaf. Between spring and fall, the Begonia Maculata will bloom clusters of white...

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History of Jabuticaba Jabuticaba, or Jaboticaba, may also be referred to as Brazilian grape tree and is botanically classified as Plinia cauliflora and a member of the Myrtaceae family. It is a tropical or subtropical evergreen tree native to Brazil that produces thick-skinned purple fruits that resemble large grapes. Jabuticaba is one of the most popular native fruits in Brazil. It is widely consumed fresh when in season and as a juice product and preserve year-round. As a result of its highly perishable nature, fresh Jabuticaba fruit is rarely available outside of its immediate growing regions. Jaboticaba is thought to...

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