Oncidium sphacelatum

Oncidium sphacelatum is a spectacular epiphytic orchid that can grow to be quite big, with a diameter of up to a few yards. As a mature plant is has large, oval pseudobulbs with two or three long, apical leaves, and

Oncidium sphacelatum

Oncidium sphacelatum is a spectacular epiphytic orchid that can grow to be quite big, with a diameter of up to a few yards. As a mature plant is has large, oval pseudobulbs with two or three long, apical leaves, and

Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun

Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun

Fig ~ Amate

Ficus is one of my favorite tree genera. It is a huge genus, made up of over 800 species. They are commonly called figs. They can be trees, bushes, or climbers. Many of them are epiphytes, at least for a

Fig ~ Amate

Ficus is one of my favorite tree genera. It is a huge genus, made up of over 800 species. They are commonly called figs. They can be trees, bushes, or climbers. Many of them are epiphytes, at least for a

Trichocentrum bicallosum

This is one of my favorite orchid species. Formerly called Oncidium bicallosum, it now belongs in the genus Trichocentrum. It is superficially very similar to Trichocentrum cavendishianum. The plants are impossible to distinguish when not in bloom, as they both

Trichocentrum bicallosum

This is one of my favorite orchid species. Formerly called Oncidium bicallosum, it now belongs in the genus Trichocentrum. It is superficially very similar to Trichocentrum cavendishianum. The plants are impossible to distinguish when not in bloom, as they both

Sandpaper Vine ~ Pétrea

Native to tropical America, the genus Petrea is made up of vines, shrubs and small trees. The species Petrea volubilis, known commonly as the Sandpaper Vine, is a beautiful vine that bears drooping clusters of lilac flowers. It is native

Sandpaper Vine ~ Pétrea

Native to tropical America, the genus Petrea is made up of vines, shrubs and small trees. The species Petrea volubilis, known commonly as the Sandpaper Vine, is a beautiful vine that bears drooping clusters of lilac flowers. It is native

Malvaviscus

Sleepy Mallow Malvaviscus penduliflorus is a beautiful native alternative for ornamental bushes. It is a large bush known commonly as Sleepy Mallow, Turk’s Cap, or Sleeping Hibiscus. Its pointy bright green leaves have toothed margins, and its drooping red flowers

Malvaviscus

Sleepy Mallow Malvaviscus penduliflorus is a beautiful native alternative for ornamental bushes. It is a large bush known commonly as Sleepy Mallow, Turk’s Cap, or Sleeping Hibiscus. Its pointy bright green leaves have toothed margins, and its drooping red flowers

Stanhopea

Stanhopea is, without a doubt, one of our most beautiful wild orchids. There’s nothing quite like walking through a forest and spotting its yellow or cream-colored chandeliers of  flowers hanging from a branch. Because of their tree-dwelling habit, Stanhopeas do

Stanhopea

Stanhopea is, without a doubt, one of our most beautiful wild orchids. There’s nothing quite like walking through a forest and spotting its yellow or cream-colored chandeliers of  flowers hanging from a branch. Because of their tree-dwelling habit, Stanhopeas do