One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, October 8, 2010
Clappertonia ficifolia, Bolo Bolo....Check out the peculiar bundle-scars visible in the bottom picture.
This came from Florida this spring, a 15" flimsy stem in a 6" pot. Brad put it in a large container on the East Terrace of the Administration Building and it's thrived. Multiple stems between 2 and 3 feet are flowering cheerfully. Both flowers and fruit have a certain appeal. TopTropicals calls it rare. Native to Africa, it has apparently become something of a pest in parts of SE Asia.