(Delightful tropical flower arrangement...)

Annah and I got this beautiful flower arrangement on Friday night at a fundraiser for the local Boys & Girls Club for donating ten dollars. The only plants that I think I can identify are the Anthurium and a Heliconia velloziana, and a Leucospermum cuneiforme or praecox (Yellow Pincushion Protea)[?]. If I have identified these incorrectly, please leave a comment in the comments section. Sadly, these flowers will not last forever and will have to be thrown out once they turn black and disgusting, but we will enjoy them while they are beautiful. (Scroll down to see the close-ups of the flowers.)

(Unopened Heliconia velloziana flower)

(Heliconia velloziana flower)

If I have indeed identified this flower correctly, here is some information on it: Heliconia velloziana have "Splendid splashes of color, dramatic form, long lasting, and a variety of sizes, make this a favorite for exotic tropical flower arrangements. The name Heliconia (pronounced "hell-ee-cone-ee-uh") honors Mt. Heliconia, home of the ancient Greek gods. There are between 250-400 species or more, with 98 percent native to tropical America." 1

(Leucospermum cuneiforme or praecox. ["Yellow Pincushion Protea"]?)

Here is some information about the Yellow Pincushion Protea: "Resembling the spiny sea urchins, pincushions are a good accent to any arrangement. Although not as long lasting or to use as a dry flower, pincushions come in beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow." 2

(Anthurium 'tropical' or Anthurium 'osaki' ?)

In other news, my rooting project for my schlumbergera segments (and for the past few weeks a Zebrina Pendula 'Burgundy') has been steadily progressing. Each of the schlumbergera segments have sprouted roots and I have even placed a few of them in their own cup with some soil. Once these newly potted cuttings develop a more complete root system in these cups, I will post new pictures and new information.

(Schlumbergera cuttings and Zebrina Pendula 'Burgundy' cutting)

(Close-up of the Schlumbergera roots)

We also were able to do some plant browsing at Sargent's Gardens, which is one of the plant stores in town, and we saw some nice plants, including some astounding Aeschynanthus radicans in bloom, but it was too expensive since they were asking around thirty dollars for it. We also saw a nice Aglaonema x 'Stars' (there wasn't an actual tag with an ID, but I believe it was a Aglaonema x 'Star's) but this one was also too expensive for us being about twenty dollars.


1From http://www.hawaiitropicals.com/tropflowguid.html

Photo Credits: All me


  1. bri // July 4, 2008 at 10:27 PM  


    That heliconia in your picture is Heliconia Orthotricha

    the cultivar name is "imperial" I believe