Know your plant – Resurrection plants

Resurrection plants are polikilohydric plants that can survive extreme dehydration for months or even years. There are several species commonly known to us, but since Easter is nearing, lets take a look at the Selaginella lepidophylla, otherwise known as the Resurrection Plant. Selaginella lepidophylla is a species of spikemoss under the family Selaginellaceae. Selaginella are primitive …

Know your plant – Dracaena surculosa

The term “Dracaena” is derived from the Ancient Greek drakaina, meaning “Female-Dragon”. Surculosa comes from the Latin word, surculus, meaning a young twig or branch.Dracaena is a genus of 40 species of trees and succulent shrubs native to Africa, South East Asia and tropical Central America.Painted leavesDracaena surculosa and a few other species are often marketed in the …

Know your plant – Philodendron scandens

Philodendron hederaceum (Jacq.) Schott (1829)Philodendron hederaceum, commonly known as Philodendron scandens, is a hemiepiphytic vine which begins its life high up in the trees. They are commonly found throughout the West Indies and from Mexico throughout Central America and much of South America, at 0 m to 1500 m above sea level. In South America it extends from …