Yaro

YaroPremna cf. serratafolia (Lamiaceae) Characteristics Small tree or shrub, up to 7 m high. Leaves simple, opposite. Flowers greenish-white. Fruit is a purple drupe. The plant is extensively used in Indian traditional medicine. Distribution Spread in tropical and subtropical regions, mostly in moist sandy soil along seacoasts and mangrove forests. Natural Medical  Properties The leaves…

Vesi (Fiji) Pacific Teak (English)

Vesi (Fiji) Pacific Teak (English)Intsia bejuga (Fabaceae) Characteristics Big tree, up to 50 m tall, with a highly buttressed trunk. Compound leaves. Inhabits mangrove forests. The tree’s timber is a very durable and termite-resistant wood, making it a highly valued material. The wood can also be used to extract a dye. Distribution Native to the…

Flame Tree

Flame TreeDelonix regia (Fabaceae) Characteristics Tree, noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of orange-red flowers over summer. The compound (doubly pinnate) leaves have a feathery appearance, 30-50 cm long, with 20-40 pairs of primary leaflets, each divided into 10-20 pairs of secondary leaflets. Distribution Native and endemic to Madagascar. In many tropical parts…

Small-leaved fig

Small-leaved figFicus obliqua (Moraceae) Characteristics Distribution Traditional medical use in Fiji The latex has been as a medicine for sore joints. Did you know? Further reading: Here Literature World Flora Online WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families A working list of all plant species www.worldfloraonline.org www.wcsp.science.kew.org www.theplantlist.org

Surinam Cherry

Surinam CherryEugenia Uniflora (Myrtaceae)   Characteristics Large shrub growing to 8 meters. When bruised or cut the branches have a spicy resinous fragrance, causing respiratory distress which can be dangerous for some individuals. The leaves are ovate and glossy while new leaves are bronze and a red cherry fruit as pictured. Distribution Native to tropical…