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Old 06-10-2011, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I think this might be a fun thread. I know a lot of you guys have some really Unusual, Rare and Favorite plants and many of us would sure like to see them! It doesn't have to be your photo if you have an internet shot, but please tell us about it!

Here's one of mine. It is an Ice Cream Bean tree Inga Edulis.



Mine is just a baby, but they are fast growing trees and the cotton candy like filling surrounding the beans are said to taste like vanilla ice cream. Here's a couple of interesting links about them.

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Oh la la is that ever cool, JaNan!


I just might have to steal a cutting from you some year.


Great thread! I'll post shots of some of mine soon...


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I think this could be quite an interesting thread. That's a cool plant, Jan. I have some lists somewhere of interesting plants that I have grown/would like to grow. Many are not at all rare, but are just something that most people (at least around here) have not seen. Example: I've had people ask me, when they see my bananas, "What kind of palms are they?"
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John, that's the kind of things I was hoping for. Plants that are common and easy to get for me here are not in the North East or North West. Plants that are common to you are very hard to get here. And it seems like we are ALL prone to Zone pushing. We always want what we don't have! Thanks for the reply!

Sherry, you know if I can keep it alive you will get a cutting of it!

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I definitely think this is a cool thread! I dont have too many rare plants. Probably the most rare of my palms would be my Chamaedorea microspadix and Chamaedorea tepejilote. I also have lots of plumerias which are very rare around here (not even available locally), but they are very common in the tropics.

Jamacian Pointettas seem pretty rare and I have one of those. They arent great potted plants, but they did survive being indoors and I got some blooms from it last fall.

Stromanthes are common, but they seem to be kind of rare at large sizes and mine is a really big clump! Its about 7 years old and has grown a lot from the 1 gallon plant it was when I got it. I wish I had some pics to share right now, but I'll post them soon!
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Ok here are a couple of my plants that are rare for around here:


White & fuzzy succulent...





And my "stinky stars" succulent plant from Turkey...





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The Ice Cream Bean Tree (Inga edulis) is a perennial member of the bean family Fabaceae and genetically placed in the tribe Ingeae. It is native to equatorial America where its seeds are a primary source of flour and the flesh is eaten for the vanilla-like flavor. It has an extremely wide canopy and is grown commercially for shade in coffee plantations. It also grows well in temperate subtropical climates including right here in San Diego, California.
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I am waiting for this plant to pop.

It was discovered high in the alpine ski-zone of the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus where it is the earliest Arabis.



Apparently its a bit slow to pop, two days now.

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Wow…Janan…you continue to impress me!!

Ice Cream beans are awesome!

I remember eating them growing up in Florida and Central America..but alas it has been over 35 years since I have tasted this fruit. We do have a tree growing; but last year’s horrific winter froze it to the ground. The stump sent out dozens of shoots, we have been trying to cultivate a central stem and are hopeful for a comeback.

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I think this might be a fun thread. I know a lot of you guys have some really Unusual, Rare and Favorite plants and many of us would sure like to see them! It doesn't have to be your photo if you have an internet shot, but please tell us about it!

Here's one of mine. It is an Ice Cream Bean tree Inga Edulis.

Mine is just a baby, but they are fast growing trees and the cotton candy like filling surrounding the beans are said to taste like vanilla ice cream. Here's a couple of interesting links about them.

Growing The Ice Cream Bean Tree (Inga Edulis)

ice Cream Bean tree - Google Search

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This is a Adenium obesum aka Desert Rose with four different colors of leaves

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Half White half Green:



White outline on green leaf:



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The graft shows pretty well in this picture:



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I love Desert Roses, and that one's amazing. Must cost a pretty penny.
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This is commonly called Tree Spinach or Chaya:





This has lots of health benefits eating the leaves and drinking tea made from the leaves.

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OK so more of mine!

Cherimoya (Custard Fruit, Custard Apple):



Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple, Sweetsop):



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jananas..interesting plant the "tree spinach/chaya"
i drink alot of tea..always on lookout for something i havent
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you have made tea from your plant?
do you make from green leaves..dry leaves 1st?
i'll have to check it out..
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Nannerfunboi, I made mine from fresh green leaves. I just went and picked one good size leaf from the tree (larger than my hand). I cut it up into my cup and poured the boiling water over it. I sweetened it that first time. But now because of the flavor of the leaves, I use a bit of salt instead which makes it more like a spinach soup I guess instead of a tea. So I personally didn't like it as a tea per say. Just my opinion though. I drink a lot of different teas also.

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