My Favourite Plants

 by Fred Moody


It is difficult to past the form of a group of mature Chamaedorea klotzschiana with their bow likefred structured leaflets attached to the one metre long rachis or a group of the diminutive Chamaedorea tenella with their simple ten centimetre only simple leaves attached to a stem which is only the thickness of a standard graphite pencil and its height is less than half a metre high.  Although still small, the Potato Chip Palm Chamaedorea tuerckheimii, whose leaves look like a crinkle cut potato chip also fit into this group.
There are also many other contenders for this crown and amongst them are some of the Dypsis species, our small LinRed Bud Satin Ashospadix microspadix and Licuala Ramsayi

Australian Rainforest Trees

There are so many species in this group but one of the standout performers would have to be the Red Bud Satin Ash, Syzygium erythrocalyx with its vertically hanging almost mature new leaves being a maroon/purple colour.  These leaves Mussaenda Capricorn Icecan be up to 30cm long by 10cm wide and as they harden off they rise to the horizontal plane.


For shrubs, the stand out best performer would have to be Mussaenda 'Capricorn Ice' for its consistency and longevity of flowering and its compact plant size.  As the name implies this plant exhibits masses of white bracts.


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