Plants in our garden

When people first drive into our compound, they often say something like “Wow, it’s really a tropical jungle in here!” as there is an abundance of trees, creepers and unusual plants, many with oversize leaves. I’d never really taken the time to have a close look at them all, but with the arrival of baby David, I’ve been spending much more time in the garden, and started to notice just what an amazing variety of plants there are. I’ve been trying to identify some of them, but with little success so far, so if there are any David Bellamys out there who recognise any of them, or at least could point me in the right direction, then I’d be very grateful if you could let me know! Most of these photos were taken in April/May soon after the first rains arrived.

Some type of encephalartos Cycad cone
Some type of Cycad, probably of the genus Encephalartos?

Heliconia, either Rostrata or Pendula.
Heliconia, probably rostrata.

2B3 Yellow walking iris
Yellow walking iris (Trimezia martinicensis)

Some type of Hosta?
Some type of Hosta?

Monstera Deliciosa Monstera Deliciosa 2
The ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’ (Monstera deliciosa)

Peacock flower (Caesalpinia Pulcherrima) Plant L2
Peacock flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) – popular with sunbirds

Ashanti blood Plant U2
Red velvet mussaenda / Red flag bush (Mussaenda erythrophylla)

3A 3A1
No idea

3B1 3B2
Some type of Dragon fruit (Hylocereus)? – looks like something from ‘Day of the triffids’

2F1 2F2
Orange trumpet vine (Pyrostegia venusta)

Plant E1 Plant E2
African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)

Plant J1 Plant J3
Solitary fish-tail palm (Caryota urens)

Plant H1 Plant H3
Flamboyant/flame tree (Delonix regia)

Plant G1 Plant G2
Masquerade tree (Polyalthia longifolia) – so called because it resembles some Nigerian cultural masquerade figures.

Plant N4 Plant N2
Bamboo palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Copper plant (Acalypha wilkesiana)?

3E2 3E1
Angel’s wings (Begonia coccinea)?

3C2 3C3
King’s mantle (Thunbergia erecta)? – one of the few plants on this page that is native to West Africa.

3D1 3D2
Angel trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)

3H2 3H1
Some type of Frangipani (Plumeria rubra).

2H2 3F1
King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)

2H1 3G1
Cuban royal palm (Roystonea regia)

Plant O1 Plant O2
Red cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

2L3 2L2
Traveller’s palm (Ravenala madagascariensis)

Plant I1 Plant I2
Some type of fan palm

Painter’s palette (Anthurium andraeanum)


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  1. Hi, just looked through your list of plants. the ids look good. The Heliconia is probably H. rostrata. The Hosta could be one of many but if it is a commercial one then it might be the “sergeant pepper” cultivar.

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