Tropical & Conservatory Seeds

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  1. 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

    $4.10

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. LUFFA AEGYPTIACA

    The luffa sponge, also known as loofah, vegetable sponge or running okra is a quick-growing climbing plant producing fascinating fruits. Normally these rather resemble long, ridged cucumbers, slightly fatter at one end, and growing to 30 to 40 centimetres long, but these are the rarer smooth-skinned variety. Whilst the young fruits are edible, the mature ones can be boiled or dried to remove the flesh, revealing the intricate network of tough fibres that make it so useful in the bath! Grown up fences or trellis in a warm sheltered site or in a greenhouse they fruit in around 16 weeks from planting out. ... Learn More

    $4.10

  5. 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. 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

    $4.16

  6. 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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  7. MUSA PARADISIACA

    Seeds of the common or 'wild' banana. These plants were wild collected in India and will produce vigorous plant that can grow up to 30 feet high in warm countries producing numerous offsets. ... Learn More

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  8. PANDANUS FURCATUS

    This amazing exotic tree produces branched aerial roots which arise from the lower trunk. Terminal sprays of long, attractive, dark green leaves, which can be more than 2 meters long, have sharp curved prickles on the margin and the midrib. Several incredible golden-yellow flower spathes, the lowest being up to 1 m long, produce the compound cone-like fruit consisting of several fleshy drupes, bright orange-red when ripe, and up to 15-25 cm long. Found in Nepal and Sikkim, at altitudes of 700-1000 m, the flowers are traditionally worn by girls in their hair to win their lovers, and it is reputed that they are an aphrodisiac and induce sleep! ... Learn More

    $5.14

  9. PASSIFLORA MOLLISSIMA

    Resembling a straight banana with rounded ends, this passion fruit prefers a cooler and less humid environment than others, when it will produce dozens of large, bright yellow fruits which usually hang, hidden, deep within the foliage of the plant, the vines sometimes having the tendency to fall down to the ground with the great weight of the fruit. These are ripe when they are easily pulled from the vine, the interior being a deep, dark orange. Unlike the more common passifloras, this is quite sweet, and when very ripe can be eaten out of hand. It is native to the Andes, and is found wild in Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia at high altitudes up to 5400 to 10,500 feet. In warmer climes the bright pink flowers, which bloom continuously throughout the year, attract hummingbirds, as well as being a favourite food of the butterflies. ... Learn More

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  10. PHYLLANTHUS ACIDUS

    Sprays of orange flowers mature to bunches of white to slightly yellow coloured fruit, with a crunchy, juicy, acidic flavoured pulp, which are borne in great abundance. The Otaheite Gooseberry is tropical or subtropical, and can take several degrees of frost for brief periods of time, two fruiting cycles occurring per year, and depending on the climate, trees can produce occasionally throughout the year. Often the fruit is cooked with sugar, upon which the pulp and juice turns bright red, common uses for the resulting fruit mixture are for beverages and sauces. It is native to Madagascar, but was spread long ago by humans throughout much of India, south east Asia, some Pacific islands, the Caribbean region and Central and South America. ... Learn More

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  11. PSIDIUM ACUTANGULUM

    The Crown Guava is a small shrub/bush found across the northern part of the Amazonian basin from Colombia, Guyana and into Venezuela. It is a cousin of the more common guava fruit (Psidium giajava) but has a taste all of its own. It tend sto have a sharper more acid taste so so is rarely eaten as the raw fruit but more often made into jams and delicious fizzy drinks - often being combined with honey or sugar. It is also grown as an ornamental. ... Learn More

    $3.32

  12. PSIDIUM GUAJAVA

    Attractive, frilly flowers mature into guava fruits, which may be round, ovoid or pear-shaped, 2 to 4 inches long, and are commonly used in jams and juices. A series of tests on Indian fruits, including Himalayan apples and pomegranates, bananas from the south, and grapes from Maharashtra, found the guava, (exotic in Europe but a poor man's fruit in India), to be the ultimate super food with the highest concentration of antioxidants which protects against the cell damage that often ages skin. From seed, common guavas may bloom and set fruit in as little as 2 years. They are evergreen, faintly fragrant, and growth, in California for example, is rarely over 10 - 12 feet. The bark is smooth, mottled green or reddish brown and peels off in thin flakes to reveal the attractive "bony" aspect of its trunk. Guavas can bloom throughout the year in mild-winter areas, but the heaviest bloom occurs with the onset of warm weather in the spring. And if the tops of the trees are frozen, they usually sprout from the ground and are back in production in 2-3 years! ... Learn More

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    RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX 'GEORGIA'

    This rare, clump-forming, short-trunked palm has attractive, typical green palm foliage and sharp "needles" at the base to protect the seeds. Three-petalled, yellow-brown flowers in small dense clusters bloom in early summer among the leaf sheaths. Probably the very hardiest of all palms, it is a slow-growing native plant from Southeast US, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, that will withstand very severe frosts, and specimens have been recorded tolerating -20 degrees centigrade without protection or special siting! ... Learn More

    $7.74

  14. SALACCA ZALACCA

    This short stemmed palm tree is native to Java and Sumatra and naturalised across Malayasia and Indonesia. The attractive leaves can grow up to 6m long, the fruits growing in clusters at the base of the palm with reddish-brown scaly skin, and are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip and edible pulp. The taste is sweet and acidic, but its apple-like texture can vary from dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy! ... Learn More

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  15. SOLANUM MAMMOSUM

    A truly amazing-looking plant producing positively inedible, ornamental fruits which resemble a cow's udder at one end and human breast at the other, and with lots of rather rude common names too! Although it is perennial it can be grown as an annual, and is related to the naranjilla and tomato with large velvety leaves with purple veins and furry hair, along with prominent spikes. The branches and stems are also dotted with firm thorns. The pink-purple flowers develop during spring and are followed by the waxy, yellow colored fruit ripening a few months later. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of athlete's foot by hunters in Trinidad and also for irritability and restlessness. It is imported to Taiwan and Hong Kong as decorative foliage for use in religious and festival floral arrangements. They are also commonly used in building Chinese New Year trees due to their auspicious golden coloured fruit. ... Learn More

    $3.84

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