Gesneriaceae

Aeschynanthus buxifolius

A surprisingly hardy plant from southeast Asia. A number of years ago I worked in the Southeast Asia section at Kew Gardens, and took part in several field trips to Borneo. In 1848, the Victorian […]

Penthoraceae

Penthorum sedoides

Penthorum sedoides is a perennial herb native to the eastern United States where it grows in wet soils or shallow water on river banks, marshes, ditches and the margins of pools. Plants from this part […]

Alstroemeriaceae

Bomarea edulis

On the 14th November 1768, 79 days after the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth on Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world (the story of which is told in a previous blog post – 250 […]