Plant life is dynamic; each time you visit The Leaf you have the opportunity to see something new.

Here is a list of some plants that are flowering, fruiting, or featured at The Leaf!

February 1, 2023

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Cacao Tree, Theobroma cacao, Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome

This tropical evergreen tree is grown for its edible seeds, whose scientific name means “food of the gods” in Greek. Its seeds, called cocoa beans, are processed into cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and chocolate.

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Blue Butterfly Bush, Clerodendrum ugandense, Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome

This tropical plant produces large clusters of dainty, blue flowers that very much resemble little butterflies, thus the name butterfly bush.

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Screw Pine, Pandanus utilis, Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome

This plant is not a true pine, but it does have whorled foliage which could be interpreted as being in a screw-like pattern. Only female screw-pines produce the fruit which is edible and turns yellow when ripe. 

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Bottlebrush, Callistemon viminalis 'slim', Mediterranean Biome

Blood red, bottlebrush-like flower spikes cover this evergreen shrub which attracts hummingbirds and bees when grown outdoors.

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Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus radicans ‘Mona Lisa’, Babs Asper Display House

The tubular flowers that emerge look like lipstick in a tube, hence the name lipstick plant, and offers beautiful colour to the green wall.

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Lily Magnolia, Magnolia liliiflora, Babs Asper Display House

The lily magnolia is a small tree native to southwest China, but cultivated for centuries elsewhere in China and also in Japan. Its beautiful blooms appear in early spring before the leaf buds open.

See what you find in the biomes at The Leaf!