Monthly Archives: August 2013

vermillion_flycatcher Winter in Mexico inspired me to post pictures of some magnificent plants which grow in the central highlands where the climate is spring like all year round and climate is sub-tropical. For us folks from northern part of the continent seeing these plants is a real treat.

Most visible tree is African tulip tree (Spathodea) which blooms all winter. It is also a  broad leaf evergreen tree.  African Tulip-Tree is quite spectacular when in bloom.african tulip tree

These are flower buds of African Tulip tree:

african tulip flower buds

Bougainvillea in all different colours adorn the high walls in the village

living vall

Or in the pots


High walls with beautiful and vigorous vines as this Senecio confusus ….Mexican Flame Vine

orange wall

Many of these vines are considered weeds in certain regions of the world and on the other hand can be grown only as a  house plants in others.

Or neighbour’s wall was covered with Blue trumpet vine , Thunbergia grandiflora… native to China……. it is considered to be a weed in Australia.

neighbour's blue trumpet flower wall1

Single flower of Thunbergia grandiflora


And another very popular vine is orange Pyrostegia venusta (original to Brazil) somehow complementing the vibrant orange wall colour in this picture. Grows very rapidly and could be considered invasive in some regions .

Pyrostegia venusta

I was amazed by these Incredible flowers of Solandra maxima variegata.  This is a fast growing woody vine. The large, six inch flowers are cup shaped.Sometimes it’s called “Golden Chalice Vine”. The petals are yellow with maroon stripes. A coconut fragrance, especially at night.


Podranea ricasoliana , an extremely fast grower


Allamanda ‘Cherries Jubilee’.


Blooming yellow Tabebuia, commonly called primavera because it heralds spring.


Primavera close-up


Pink Tabebuia

pink primavera

Very popular street tree is also Jacaranda. Prettiest trees around until they start to loose their flowers and leaves. They make horrible mess. blooms here in February-March.


Palm trees also make a big presence

palm trees

The hills in the background are brown as winter is a dry season in this region.

 palm trees   Blooming in February


Female Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) in bloom. Sago Palm is not really a palm at all. They are closer to conifers than to palms. They were dominant plants in the Mesozoic Era and coexisted with dinosaurs. It is native to Southern Japan

sago in bloom

People love to grow these Butterfly palms (Dypsis lutescens ) in the pots. They are native to Madagascar and therefore sometimes called  Madagascar Palm.

butterfly palms in the pot

Schefflera  actinophylla (Umbrella tree) can  grow  very tall.  This one is not as tall as some I have seen around .

umbrella plant1

and many colours of Plumerias which just started to bloom in March. Plumaria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them.plumeria-white

300 years old eucalyptus

eucalyptus tree1

Exposed roots of another eucalyptus tree in the same area. Eucalyptus  trees have a shallow root system, to survive in a harsh native environment, where accessing a limited amount of rainfall is crucial to their survival.

eucalyptus tree

Kauna’oa – Cuscuta sandwichiana…..Parasitic air plant, native to Hawaii


Callistemon viminalis,  This tree was about 25 feet tall and quite  messy.


This is a flower of Bauhinia variegata ‘Alba’


The Great Kiskadee . . He was quite vocal early in the morning but good looking bird indeed.


The next section I will post pictures of cactuses and other plants from this location