Specimens 1 – 7 of 25 from my Neighborhood Nature Collection Part II A EDOE 513/514 Winter 2008
1. Hibiscus. This is the native ( genus Hibiscus) Hibiscus arnottianus . This flower is usually planted on state or county property. This flower was found at University of Hawaii-Hilo campus. I shot it early in the morning where dew drops land on petals They thrive in warm & humid weather. The Hawaiian language the white hibiscus is known as the Pua Aloalo.
This gardenia is a jasminoides variety. The gardenia is a genus of 250 species of flowering plants. Most of them are strongly fragrant. They are from the family Rubiaceae . They thrive in tropical areas with warm weather. This flower plant was planted by my father before he passed away. They grow in our driveway and produce flowers every summer.
3. Moss are small, soft plants that usually grow from 0.4 – 4 inches. Moss is genus Sphagnum . They grow close together & some species are large. They do not have flowers or seeds. There are about 12,000 species. The moss in these shots were taken at a church member’s home, our neighbors. Moss have occupied their backyard for about 30 years.
4. New anthurium variety: White Lady …….a new cross variety that began in 1987 & evaluation ending in 2000. It was a cross of ( A. andraeanum x A. antioquiense) at University of Manoa. They can be a potted plant & may grow to 3 feet. This flower was found on our neighbor’s yard. She received it as a potted gift & replanted in her yard.
5. Thai Chili Pepper : My mom grows them for cooking filipino dishes. She shield’s them with cloth from the Cardinals and insects. These grow in a pot near the front steps to our house. Chili Pepper is the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum .
6. The Hawaiian tree fern ( Cibotium glaucum ) from the genus Dicksoniaceae . They were possibly carried by strong winds and air currents, long before the arrival of the first Polynesian sailors. This plant was shot on my neighbor’s yard. They have about 12 Hawaiian tree fern. They thrive in warm, wet weather. They cannot live in cold weather.
Codiaeum variegatum, Croton , is a species of plant in the Codiaeum genus , which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is commonly used as a house plant. In the wild, garden croton is an evergreen shrub with large, leathery, shiny leaves. The plant in our yard are of vibrant pink and green. My father planted them wherever we lived since I was a little girl. He said he appreciated the colors & the way they easily grew in tropical, warm & humid areas.