What Is That Plant?!
In January, my husband and I visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. While he sat outside, where he thought it would be cooler, I went into the conservatory. (It really was cooler than outside.) Anyway, I wandered into the 2nd room and was immediately drawn to this plant. Of course, there was no identification on one of the only plants I was unable to identify myself. It bothers me not to know the name of a plant. So, I found a volunteer, who was nice enough to find out the name and email it to me. Thanks so much to her! Meet Osmoxylon novoguineensis. I can’t find much information about it on the internet, but it is in the Araliaceae family, with Fatsia, Schefflera, and Hedera or ivy. It has some of the largest leaves in the Araliaceae family and I’ve never seen it before in any other conservatory.
How cool are the stems in the following pictures?
I never know what I’m going to find when I walk into a conservatory. I’m always pleasantly surprised and it was no different this time.