Popular names - English: Areca, Areca-nut, betel nut palm, French: cachou falling within subheading, Arequier, German: Betelnusspalme, Guam: pugua, India: Pan, Spanish: catechou hand, Yap: bu.
Areca catechu - originating in eastern Africa, southern Asia and the Pacific Islands. Grows in tropical climates at altitudes from 0 to 900 m.
Areca, was first described by Theophras in file 340 by species cultivated in India and Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines.
Areca catechu - a palm is monoecious, with a single trunk, grows up to 30 m high and 25-40 cm diameter. The roots are dense, fibrous. Fronde pinnate-compound 1 to 1.5 m long, 30-50 Folio, lanceolata, 30 to 70x 3 to 7 cm. Unisexulae flowers with male and female flowers on the same blossom. Blossom panic, very branched. 6 tepale flowers, Sesia, creamy white, fragrant, flowers are small men, 6 stamens, female flowers are 1.2 to 2 cm long. Blooms in November-February. Fruit drupe, ovoid, 5-10 x 3-5 cm, yellow, orange when they are ripe, pericarp fiber. Seeds ovoid, global, or ellipsoidal, 3-4 x 2-4 cm. 2n = 32
Growth rate - moderate, 0.5 m per year. Longevity - 60-100 years.
Culture - annual rainfall needs Areca catechu are 1500-5000 mm / year. The maximum temperature is 38 ° C and minimum temperature is 16 ° C. Grows on clay-clay soils, well drained, grow and on calcareous soils. Soil acidity - pH 5.0 - 8.0. Tolerate drought. Prefers sunny exhibitions after the last juvenile period. Not tolerate soils with high salinity. Low tolerance towards the wind. The land around the trunk is mulceste adventitious roots to encourage growth.
Propagation - seeds germinate in 90 days after sowing, the germination rate is 90%. It needs 3-24 months before being transplanted in the nursery, and after another 1-2 years can be planted in place permanently. An adult palm produces about 8.12 leaves per year. Build starting from 4-6 years. Female flowers open first. Ripening fruit is carried out after 8.9 months.
Cultivation and varieties - A. catechu var. silvatica, A. catechu var. batanensis, A. catechu var.deliciosa, A. catechu var. longicarpa.
Pests and diseases - Phytophthora arecae, Ganoderma lucidum, Exosporium arecae, Gloeosporium catechu, xiphinema pins.
Medicinal properties and use - Philippines flowers are added to salads.
A root decoction is used to treat inflammation of the lips. The fruits are astringent properties, diuretic, digestive, aphrodisiac and anorexia. Fruit juice in small quantities has properties laxatives. Powder from seed is antiseptic.
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Trees and shrubs
Spartium junceum - native to the Canary Islands and Mediterranean Basin, grows in arid places, ground limestone, from plain to 600-2000 m, in association with Quercus pubescens, Quercus ilex, Fraxinus ornus, Cotinus coggygria.
Betula alba - species, ornamental, decorative crown shape and color of bark, in parks and gardens. The bark is rich in tannins, is used in cosmetics.
Mutisia subspinosa Cav.
Undergrowth voluble, 2-3 m long. Strain poorly ramified, glabra, wavy, yellow-green, 3-wing, green wing, needle-spin, axillary buds are white tomentosi. Leaves alternate, Sesia, language hasta, 8-10 x 0.6-1.3 cm, green, toothed margins, 10-14 pairs of teeth mucronata, long-attenuated peak and ended with a Carcel
Tibouchina urvilleana - shrub, to 4 m high. Belong to the genus Tibouchina about 350 species of shrubs and undergrowth of tropical America, most of them being found across the globe species grown as ornamentals.
Evergreen ornamental plant of the Theaceae family, native from Eastern Asia, its origin is still controversial, being considered by some as species indigenous from Japonia and, by others, from China. It was introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in 1542 and soon spread to Spain, England, France and Italy; into United States at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Australia during the mid 19th century.
Genus name comes from Prince Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771) of San Severo, born in Naples, Italy. In 1753 Carl Linnaeus in Species Plantarum, including the genus Sansevieria in Aloe. Sansevieria genus was stabilized by Thunberg in 1794 described the second species, S. thyrsiflora and S. aethiopica.
Narcissus poeticus L.
Bulb ovoid, 3-4 x 1.5-2 cm, brown tunic. 4 basal leaves, limb 20-40 x 0,6-1,2 cm, green glauca; nervatiune parallel. Flower stalk 30-45 cm. Flower solitary, fragrant, perianth 5.7 cm wide; periantului tube 2-3 cm; tepale overlapping, reflection, white, ovat-orbiculare, 1.5-2.5 x 1.5-2 cm, top mucronata
Allium brussalisii (Aliaceae), new species from Greece
Bletilla are easy to grow, to shady borders, where they make a handsome textural combination with ferns.
Hedychium coronarium - white ginger
Herbaceous perennial, 1-1.5 m inaltme, fleshy rhizome. Leaves alternate, decidue, language sessile 28-40 x 4.7 cm, narrow elliptic, apex long-acuminata, the acute glabra on top, the furry bottom steps. Flowering 4.10 x 3.6 cm. Bractei persistent ovat-triangulation, green, 4-7 x 2-4 cm, margins membranous.