Plumeria pudica, orchids, a rose, a lily, and an anthurium

Plumeria pudica is not presently listed in the Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia with Local Names and Uses, 2010 (Allertonia, 10). The plant is, however, an ornamental found in gardens in Kolonia. Thus either the plant was not collected due to location or the plant is a recent introduction. At present my sense is that the plant is a fairly recent introduction. Allertonia 10 is a must have for any Micronesian scientific journal collection as well as for Pacific island botany and ethnobotany collections.

Obspatulate leaves.

I know the days are short, dark, and deeply gray in the northern hemisphere now. Punctuated by occasional days of blindingly cold sun on a white snow. I know that the heat and humidity of an equatorial marine rainy climate can be oppressive to those not acclimatized to the torrid tropics. There are bonuses, however. With proper neglect of the plants one can sit on the front driveway and enjoy a display worthy of any garden show. While others spend hours misting and feeding, building carefully climate controlled greenhouses with lights on timers, we here merely plant and ignore. The fullness of time then yields the following without further ado.

Gratuitous image of an anemone in a newly set up aquarium tank at the College of Micronesia-FSM.

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