Polyalthia longifolia (Mast Tree)

About 40 years ago, a Miami couple fresh from a long trip to Asia brought seeds of an attractive Indian evergreen tree to Fairchild Tropical Garden. Over time this species, Polyalthia longifolia (a/k/a P. longifolia var. pendula), has proven to be a very successful … Continue reading

Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera deliciosa)

Fewer plants have a stranger appellation than Monstera deliciosa, but at least the name is half right! This sturdy aroid has been described by one prominent botanist as “probably the finest foliage plant ever introduced into horticulture.” But it is … Continue reading

Some New Insights About the Paleo Diet

Here’s another in the series of interesting newsletters that Richard Lyons’ Nursery receives from Brooks Tropicals. What’s written about paleo diets often emphasizes eating meat, but the diet is more about enjoying food that isn’t highly processed. Slice and enjoy … Continue reading

A Ficus You’ll Love to Have Around

In our part of the world, the genus Ficus has gotten a rather mixed reputation, primarily because some of its species have aggressive root systems than can raise sidewalks, crack foundations and clog underground pipes. Fortunately, not all of the 800 … Continue reading