Photographed in the countryside outside Santiago de Cuba.
I have to admit that I can’t say with any real authority whether this is sugar cane (Saccharum) or King Grass (Pennisetum purpureum). Sugar cane is a pretty major source of sugar and King Grass is grown as cattle feed. They looked so much alike out in the fields that it could go either way although with the thicker lower stalks I am leaning towards sugar cane in this case.
Photographed at Jardin Gran Piedre in Cuba.
I tend to refer to this plant as The Penis Flower for obvious reasons, which makes it a little hard for me to remember its real name at times. I mean, I know flowers are often associated with sexuality and such, but COME ON, even Georgia O’Keefe would have to admit that the Anthurium flower is a wee bit over-the-top. Since I’ve gone this far already I’m just gonna put it out there and say that this particular Anthurium was disturbingly bumpy along the edges — sort of like a flower with an unfortunate problem.
Taken at the fantastic “Cactus Garden” in the countryside outside Santiago de Cuba. I am sad that I only had a few minutes to breeze through a guided tour (all in Spanish) of this beautiful garden. Every single used tin can in this photo holds a small cactus cutting — an example of true thriftiness and recycling at its finest.
I have seen tree ferns in greenhouses but this one truly was as big as a large tree! Photographed at “Jardin Gran Piedre” in the Sierra Maestra mountains outside Santiago de Cuba.
I have never seen a palm that I didn’t like…. Which may be because I have never seen a palm in a freezing cold climate.