Tropical & Conservatory Seeds

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  1. ANNONA GLABRA

    A semi-deciduous tree with thick green leaves, it produces large, leathery, attractive, pale yellow or creamy coloured flowers. The fruit are large and greenish and resemble smooth skinned custard apples, and unlike other Annona species the pulp of the fruit when ripe is yellow to orange instead of white, its taste being reminiscent of ripe Honeydew melon. It can be made into jam and it is a popular ingredient of fresh fruit drinks in the Maldives. Tolerant of salt-water and common in the Everglades, the common name alligator-apple comes from the fact that American alligators are said to eat the fruit! ... Learn More

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  2. AVERRHOA BILIMBI

    Clusters of beautiful, deepest blood-red flowers bloom from the trunk, often in great number toward the bottom of the tree. These are followed by impressive clumps of attractive, slightly multi-lobed, oblong fruits, which have a pale green waxy skin, and crunchy flesh, very similar to the star fruit, a single tree often producing hundreds and hundreds of fruits. This is essentially a tropical tree, less resistant to cold than the carambola, in Florida, where it is an occasional curiosity, it prefers protection from wind and cold. It has countless other uses, including being used either curried, or added as a souring agent for the common Filipino dish sinigang. The uncooked bilimbi is often prepared as relish, and served with rice and beans in Costa Rica. In the Far East where it originated, it is occasionally added to curry. The juice is also made into a cooling beverage, and in Indonesia it is added to some dishes as a substitute for tamarind or tomato. Additionally, the fruit can be preserved by pickling,which reduces its acidity, and finally the flowers can also be preserved in sugar. Some fruit! ... Learn More

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  3. AVERRHOA CARAMBOLA

    This very well-known and distinctive fruit has ridges running down its sides, usually five but sometimes more, its cross-section resembling a star. The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of the hand, having a unique thirst-quenching ability like no other. It is also used in cooking, and for relishes, preserves, and juice drinks. The tree needs, above all, good drainage, and will not tolerate being waterlogged. It is popular throughout its native lands in south east Asia, the Southern Pacific, East Asia, and is also cultivated throughout other non-indigenous tropical and sub-tropical areas, such as Latin America, the Caribbean, and the southern parts of the United States ... Learn More

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  4. BIXA ORELLANA

    This lovely tropical and sub-tropical shrub or bushy tree has glossy, ovate, evergreen leaves on twigs which are covered with rust-coloured scales when young and are bare when older. Sprays of attractive pink and white flowers open, producing striking, bright red, two-valved fruits, covered with dense soft bristles. When ripe, they split open revealing masses of small, inedible, fleshy seeds, covered with red-orange pulp. The inedible fruit is harvested for its seeds which produce the reddish orange dye annatto, which is one of the most important food grade natural colourants widely used in the dairy industry, and also for confectionery and bakery products, as well as non-edible purposes such as cosmetics and dying leather. ... Learn More

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  5. CANANGA ODORATA

    One of the world's most fabulously fragrant trees, frilly yellow flowers pour out sweet perfume all summer long. Best grown in the tropics and sub tropics, this gorgeous, fast-growing plant can be successfully grown and flowered in a conservatory in cooler climates. The essential oil derived from the flowers, which last a long time after being cut, is used in aromatherapy and perfumes. When we made a visit, just one specimen of this incredible tree perfumed the whole of the Miami Botanical Gardens at Palm Beach. ... Learn More

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  6. CYCLANTHERA PEDATA

    Well-known in the tropics and hotter countries, this herbaceous vine is grown for its edible fruit, which is predominantly used as a vegetable. It is known from cultivation only, and its large size, compared to closely related wild species, suggests that it is a fully domesticated crop going back for many centuries, evidence coming from ancient Peruvian ceramics depicting the fruits. The fully grown but still immature fruits are usually eaten cooked, as well as use in salads and pickles. ... Learn More

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  7. CYPHOMANDRA BETACEA

    The Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea) is the "Tree Tomato". Like its cousins of the closely-related Lycopersicon genus (the ordinary common tomato), the egg-size fruit makes good eating, and is typically made into jams or conserve, although it is recommended that the skin and seeds are removed before cooking. It therefore makes either a fruiting shrub or a superb foliage plant! It is easily grown from seed and makes a pleasing contrast to the more typical foliage of cannas, gingers and bananas. Easily grown from seed, the roots of this plant are quite tough surviving moderate frosts, and in relatively mild areas usually re-grow from the base. Otherwise grow in a large container and overwinter frost free. ... Learn More

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  8. DIMOCARPUS LONGAN

    New, rare, delicious, and barely ever available in the Western World, the beige skin of this fruit contains luscious flesh which is sweet, tasty and delicious, and which is translucent white, with the shiny brown seed visible inside, looking like the pupil of an eye. As a result, they resemble the bulging eyes of the dragons often depicted in Chinese art. Closely related to lychees, they are native to China, Taiwan and South East Asia. The skin is hard and smooth, rather than softly-prickly like the common lychee, but peels off more easily than that of the lychee, rather like an egg shell! Containing many nutrients and vitamins that are claimed to fight various diseases, the Chinese name is "Long Yan Rou", which means Dragon Eye Meat! Finally, the tree is hardier and bears more heavily and later in the year than the lychee. ... Learn More

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  9. DRAGON FRUIT

    "Dragon Fruits" are the fruits of the exotic "PITAHAYA" cactus. This plant can be grown as an ornamental plant indoors, or outside in hot countries, where it will put forth large fragrant white flowers. These in turn produce an almost endless supply of attractive, grapefruit-sized red fruits, with numerous, rather fascinating, tiny, green-tipped, red 'wings'. When the soft, rubbery, inedible skin is cut open, the attractively contrasting, delicately-flavoured white flesh, studded with tiny edible black seeds is revealed, rather similar to "Kiwi Fruits". These incredibly healthy fruits contain generous servings of vitamin C, along with numerous antioxidants, and are sold in Supermarkets in the UK at very high prices. ... Learn More

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  10. Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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    GOMPHOCARPUS PHYSOCARPUS

    This astonishingly amusing plant is native to south east Africa, but it has been widely naturalized and is often used as an ornamental garden plant. The name "balloon plant" is an allusion to the swelling bladder-like follicles which are full of seeds. Blooming in warm months, it grows in the wild on roadside banks, at elevations of 2800 to 5000 feet above sea level where it prefers moderate moisture, as well as sandy and well-drained soil and full sun. ... Learn More

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  11. GOSSYPIUM HIRSUTUM

    This unique and valuable plant, related to both hibiscus and mallows, has pretty yellow and maroon flowers, followed by large seed pods that burst open revealing the large fluffy bolls of cotton. It is known as upland cotton or Mexican cotton and is the most widely planted species of cotton in the United States, constituting some 95% of all cotton production. Native to Central America and Mexico, archeological evidence from the Tehuacan Valley in Mexico, demonstrates the cultivation of this species as long as 5,000 years ago, this being the earliest evidence of cotton cultivation in the Americas. ... Learn More

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  12. JATROPHA CURCAS

    Growing on almost any terrain, even on gravelly, sandy or saline soils in tropical America, this large ornamental shrub bears ivy-like leaves, and clusters of yellowish-green flowers and large yellow fruits. Although the plant and seeds are toxic, it is a plant of many uses, being used to manufacture soap, cosmetics, fuel and medicines. It is also being cultivated for biodiesel oil including its use as an airline fuel. In Nigeria, tests with 200 and 400 mg/kg, physic nut extract produced pain relief that compared well to aspirin, the researchers believing the extract works through both central and peripheral pain mechanisms. Morphine and similar drugs act on the central nervous system, whilst aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, have an impact on both the peripheral and central nervous systems. The findings of the study are important because new, more effective pain-relieving drugs without addiction and side effect issues are needed. ... Learn More

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  13. JATROPHA GOSSYPIFOLIA

    Clusters of red flowers with yellow centres appear amidst the most beautiful foilage you could ever see, the new leaves on the top of each branch being a striking purple-red, and later on the contrast between these leaves and the inedible green fruits is remarkable. The leaves have traditionally been used locally for skin conditions such as bites and stings, but we cannot recommend this use! This unusual tree is native to Mexico, South America and the Caribbean islands. ... Learn More

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  14. MOMORDICA CHARANTIA

    The tropical and subtropical fruit grows delicate foliage and exotic-looking fruits, its light-green puckered foliage being divided into lacy lobes, a silvery down giving the young growth a silken sheen and it will climb to 6 to 8 feet or more. Pale green, warty fruits ripen to brilliant orange, and later the outer flesh of the fruit splits at the base, curling upwards resembling the roof of a pagoda. Ornamental seeds covered in lipstick-red pulp dangle from inside. In natural medicine it is reputed to be useful in gout, rheumatism, and subacute cases of the spleen and liver diseases and is also supposed to purify blood and dissipate melancholia and gross humours. It has also been shown to have hypoglycaemic properties (anti-diabetic) in animal as well as human studies. It is widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, some varieties being amongst the most bitter of all fruits, its many varieties differing substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit. ... Learn More

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  15. MORINDA CITRIFOLIA

    Clusters of starry flowers later become bizarre fruits, which are usually oval in shape and at first green before turning yellow then almost white as they ripen, with a vague resemblance in shape to truffles and with a strong smell and sometimes bitter taste. This unusual tree from coffee family has a native range extending through south east Asia and Australasia. One of the many uses for Morinda citrifolia is for its medicinal properties, in fact, for many cultures in Burma and Australia this fruit is a vital part of their diet. Polynesian healer used this plant for thousands of years to prepare effective remedies to various health challenges. In addition, the bark produces a brownish-purplish dye for batik-makin dyeing. In a study in Costa Rica, looking at its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, it reduced inflammation in rats significantly due to the presence of flavonoids, coumarins, iridoids and vitamin C! We cannot guarantee these effects in humans though........ ... Learn More

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