Thursday, May 22, 2014

Magnolia figo

Magnolia is a genus of the plant Family: Magnoliaceae. Magnolia flowers have good smell. The species shown here is tentatively identified as Magnolia figo.  This plant is a woody shrub. At the time the picture was taken it is about 5 feet tall.

Fittonia albivenis

Fittonia albivenis is a small  weedy and herbaceous plant belonging to the plant Family Acanthaceae.  It is a tropical plant considered o be native of tropical South America  including Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Brazil.  Even though it is a tropical plant it cannot stand direct sunlight. The plant grows appressed to the ground.

The leave are broad. The veins being clearly seen due to their lighter colour compared to the leaf dark green leaf blade.  Some varieties have reddish colouration on the leaf blade.

The flowers are borne on inflorescence.  The flowers open starting from the bottom of the inflorescence. Often one or two flowers open at one time. The flowers are small and the petals are white to light yellow.