Answers from quiz on page 44
1. Desert rose: Adenium obesum Unrelated to roses at all, these beauties are closer related to oleander and frangipani. Part of the dogbane family, they are excellent for desert climates as the stem and root swells to store water during the rainy season to carry it through the following dry season.
2. Ixora: This hardy hedge, usually I. coccinea, is used frequently throughout the topics. There are around 500 species in the genus. The colourful flowers do best when the plant is not heavily pruned but the plant will tolerate hard pruning, making it ideal for formal hedges and sculpted specimen trees.
3. Yellow parrot flower: A member of the banana family, H psittacorum, has tall, upright stems that carry showy yellow to orange flowers, often tipped in green. The flowers resemble a parrot beak, hence the name.
4. Bougainvillea: Gorgeous colour. This lovely plant blooms in a variety of colors, 13 or more. Did you know that the colored petals are actually leaves? The bloom is the tiny white flower in the center of the coloured bracts. Types of bougainvillea can be found growing in the tropics as trees, shrubs or vines.
5. Golden dewdrop: (Duranta repens): Pretty but deadly. A popular plant used for hedging and screening, it belongs to the Verbenaceae family and is extremely poisonous. This tree or shrub produces pretty vanilla scented flowers and orange berries which, along with its leaves, have been known to be deadly to children, pets and even some birds.
6. Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
These gorgeous trumpet shaped beauties can be found in several colours and colour combinations, as trees or shrubs. The edible flowers, considered a delicacy, have a tangy citrus taste and are also used in teas and for medicinal purposes.
7. Christ thorns: Euphorbia milii
(or crown of thorns, Christ plant) is a succulent shrub with long thorny stems. The stems are pliable and can be easily fashioned into a ring, which is how it got its name. The plant was around in biblical times, so you never know...