There's eight pictures here; about 30 kb each. The quality isn't very good; but things were different back in the 90's <wheeeeze> when these were taken.
These were all taken in
south Texas, although they can grow anywhere with proper care. Even here,
most of these have to spend a few cold nights a year in the house.
(left)Pachypodium lamerii (right)Adenium obesum
The small ones in the middle are future bonsai...the big leafed one is Bauhinia
purpurea, small leafed is ebony.
My loft apartment; most of them are outside, but these are all
The big palm on the left is a Raphis excelsa; smaller one right beside it
is a Kentia; the big palm on the right is my coconut palm I got as a seedling...I
highly recommend a coconut as a houseplant for any light level. This one
has been in full shade, full sun, and everything in between, and is now (2-22-98)
eight feet tall in the same two gallon pot.
The spiny one hanging on the right is a haworthia with some aporocactus (a
jungle cactus), and on the left is a Huernia of some type.
My Stapelia gigantea in bloom; the bottom one was over 9 inches across and
the most horrible smelling thing you can imagine.
This was taken a few
They're all either much bigger now, or dead.
The tall blue one is a Cereus monstrousus; the tall green one isn't a cactus,
it's a Euphorbia ingens, of the same family as poinsettias. They're native
to Africa, and independently evolved with almost the exact same characteristics.
On the left is a Euphorbia lactea, both regular and crested.
A crest in a cactus or Euphorbia is when the single growing point spreads
out into a fan shape. Some crested cactus are worth ten thousand dollars
and more wholesale. Retail? Well...find a rich plant nut, and name your price.
A hot Texas day.
My big Adenium from above picture; it's about four years old. This is it's
second bloom of the season. Right behind it is the Adenium below...
...which has redder flowers.
...I just can't say enough good things about coconut palms...
Tall one: Caryota...uh...I forgot the botanical name; I'll look it up
again later. Common name: Thai Mountain giant.
Small one: Licuala grandis. Vicious spines along the stems, but it's
good in deep shade. The leaves don't split.
Copyright 2005 BRENT KEVIN KRKOSSKA