Tropical Flowering Tree Society
The Auction was a great success - a good time was had by all. Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you next year!!
Below is a list of the plants auctioned off, some at great savings.
Welcome to our annual Tropical Flowering Tree Society Auction. Tonight we
present more than seventy rare flowering plant species from around the globe.
Many of these are rarely found in cultivation in our area.
This auction would not have been possible without the generosity of the donor nurseries. Below is a list of the donor nurseries with their address and phone number. Please patronize their establishments!
Good luck tonight in acquiring that special plant, and remember--- bid aggressively!
Lewis Eastlick, President TFTS
31700 SW 194 Ave
Homestead, FL 33030
(305)992-8593 by appt
| Bloomin’ Good Nursery
20905 SW 240 Street
Homestead, FL 33031
|Ernesto’s Good Earth
Ernesto Rodriguez 6901 SW 97 Ave
Miami, FL 33173
|Florida Colors Nursery
23740 SW 147 Ave
Homestead, FL 33032
|Freund Floweing Trees, Inc
12505 SW 216 Street
Miami, FL 33170
|esse Durko’s Rare Plants
5151 SW 70 Ave
Davie, FL 33314
| Paul Gehrke Nursery
12121 SW 120 Ave
Miami, Florida 33186
11401 SW 93 Street
Miami, FL 33176
| JRichard Lyons Nursery
20200 SW 134 Ave
Miami, FL 33177
5060 SW 76 Ave
Davie, FL 33328
|Willis Harding Nursery
Northwest Dade County
(954)791-2029 By appointment only
Lot #1Lysimachia congestiflora cv. "Outback Sunset"
A herbaceous perennial plant from China with delicate, variegated leaves which are almost white. The sprays of flowers have delicate poms of yellow and pink. The plant will mound and blooms profusely throughout the year.
Lot #2Thunbergia battiscombei
Shrubby vining African species with beautiful glossy leaves and racemes of electric blue trumpet flowers with yellow throats reputedly frost hardy
Lot #3Aristolochia gigantea
One of the most outrageous flowers in the world, this species from Brazil is huge-over ten inches in length. Each flower displays an intricate pattern of white and mottled reddish brown; the mouth is ringed in black and has a center of golden yellow. Draw close to it and smell its lemon scent. As a climbing vine, it displays well on trellis or stake. Or, with a little training, it can be contained to a limited space, such as a hanging basket. Full to partial sun, grows to 1-3’ in container, vining in habit, minimum temperature 60° for indoor container culture, blooms in spring, summer, and fall.
Lot #4Fuschia hybrid-"Angels’ Earrings"
This variety originated from a species discovered in the hot, humid jungles of South America. It will easily take morning sun and highs into the Nineties. If you thought Fuchsia were not possible in high heat areas, well think again! Trials in the South proved that this one loves heat and is unlike any fuchsia ever seen!
Lot #5 Strongylodon macrobotrys-Jade Vine
Originally from the Philippines, the Jade Vine has strangely colored, blue-green flowers, which hang in magnificent clusters of cylindrical pods. It grows to 20m and flowers all through summer. It does very well in semi-shaded and sunny areas.
Lot #6Crotalaria guatemalensis-Chipilin
A small tree from Central America. It has clusters of fragrant, ochre and yellow flowers. To 15 feet.
Lot #7Thevetia peruviana-"Blanca Nieves"
Evergreen plant which can grow to a height of 30 feet. It is very densely branched with dark green, long and narrow leaves. The snowy white flowers and apple-like fruit are characteristic of this plant.
Lot #8Ceratonia siliqua-Carob Tree
The pods of this tree are rich in protein and sugar and have often been proclaimed "wholesome for man or beast". The pulp is a valuable sweetener and chocolate substitute and the seeds have even been roasted as a coffee substitute. The seeds and pods can be fermented and distilled, with the drink retaining the appealing flavor of the pods. The seeds ground up produce a protein rich flour that contains no starch or sugar and is ideal for diabetics. A mature tree can produce over 400 pounds of pods and seeds annually.
Lot #9Dillenia indica- Tropical Magnolia
This spectacular tree grows to 50 ft (15 m) tall, with a broad canopy of large, dark green oblong leaves to 14 inches long, 25-50 nerved; flowers white, fragrant, showy to 8" across, stamens many, yellow, carpels 15-20; fruit dehiscent, the mass globose, to 4 inches diameter, each carpel with 5 or more black seeds in a colorless pulp. The developing fruit resemble green apples. The mature fruit, measuring up to 6 in (15 cm) across, are edible fresh, and so are the mature fruit bracts. Also used in curries and jellies.
Lot #10Newbouldia laevis -African Border Tree
A handsome tropical tree from Africa with panicles of pinky/purple flowers in profusion. The flowers are delicately scented. To 30 feet.
Lot #11Stemmadenia litoralis-Lechoso
Apocynaceae, lecheso. Small ornamental tree from Central America with paired oval leaves about 6 inches long and yellow-centered white tubular flowers about 2 inches or more in length. Fragrant
Lot #12Cassia grandis-Pink Shower
A wonderful medium tree with large panicles of showy bright red/pink flowers. This is one of the least frequently seen of the showy Cassia.
To 50 feet.
Lot #13Gardenia taitensis-Tahitian Gardenia
An evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves and fragrant single white flowers. One of the most stunning of the tropical gardenias!
Lot #14Gliricidia sepium-Madre de Cacao
A beautiful tropical tree with profusions of pink/white sweet pea-like flowers. Not often seen in cultivation in our area.
To 40 feet.
Lot #15Iochroma cyaneum-Bluebells
An evergreen subtropical shrub to 8’ tall and wide with soft, rather grey green leaves to 4" long. Pendant, tubular violet blue flowers, to 1/4" wide by 3-4" long, are borne in clusters of up to forty. Can bloom almost all year in mild winter areas, but bloom is heaviest in spring and summer. Related to Brugmansia, but more frost resistant. Sun to part shade, average to little summer watering, has survived 17°F. Northwestern South America. Solanaceae.
Lot #16Nerium oleander-"Variegata"
A wonderful cultivar with breath-taking foliage and magenta blossoms. One of the finest oleanders.
Lot #17Brugmansia x "Sunray"
An amazing creation by Kyle Courtney! Lemon -yellow , highly fragrant blooms! (BRUGMANSIA x INSIGNIS - These natural and man-made hybrids result when B. suaveolens is crossed with B. versicolor and then again crossed with B. suaveolens. There is one split in the sepals and a space between the calyx and the corolla. The triangular flowers have little to no recurve and are 25 to 40 cm in length. The seedpod is "okra like".)
Lot #18Leea rubra
An attractive evergreen shrub from Asia. It has glossy bronze leaflets which are cuspidate with serrated edges. Flowers are an inflorescence of small burgundy buds. Likes sun and warmth - may flower at 1' hgt.
Lot #19Colvillea racemosa-Colville’s Glory
Colvillea racemosa, a tree from Madagascar, shows off fiery blooms. Its
grape-like clusters of velvety
buds range from chameleon green to blood orange
Lot #20Guaiacum sanctum-Lignum Vitae
A stunning, slow-growing, native tree with small lilac-colored flowers followed by the distinctive red fruit. A truly outstanding small tree.
To 20 feet.
Lot #21Delonix elata-White Poinciana
Endemic to India this is a 5-6 m tall tree, 35-40 cm trunk, peeling bark, tan and light tan to brown in places, orange- yellow flowers, filaments pale red-brown; anthers orange. Style pale green-pink. Pods dehiscent, but often falling with seeds still attached-perfumed.
Lot #22Tecomanthe dendrophylla syn. venusta
From Indonesia and New Guinea. this liana with opposite, pinnate leaves has very showy baby pink flowers. The flowers appear on the old growth and are spectacular in bloom.
Lot #23Serissa foetida cv. "Mt. Fuji"
The tree of a thousand stars. Small oval leaves. Masses of star-like flowers. Variegated picotee leave with white blossoms.
Lot #24Dombeya tiliacea
A rare variety of this spectacular white-blooming Dombeya. The flowers are pure white or pinkish (up to 20mm diam.), in large clusters, in leaf axils near ends of branchlets, in profusion on bare tree, in spring (July-September). Sweetly scented.
Lot #25Kigelia pinnata-Sausage Tree
A medium tree with showy burgundy flowers. The wine-colored blossom has a 5-lobed calyx and corolla with didynamous stamens. The corollas are leathery, which resists shredding by the clawed wings of bats that visit and pollinate this species in its native habitat in tropical West Africa. The flowers and the large, sausage-like indehiscent fruits that develop from them hang on long stems below and away from the limbs of the tree. Although not edible, the fruits are used in Africa as an external medication
Lot #26Plumeria pudica cv. "Bridal Bouquet"
An evergreen species from the Dominican Republic that has spoon shaped leaves, a little smaller than the regular hybrids. It is fast growing and a good bloomer with many small white scented blooms. Totally resistant to the Plumeria rust.
Lot #27Byrsonima crassifolia
This small Central/South American tree produces sprays of yellow or pink flowers. The flowers bedeck the entire tree and are then followed by yellow acid fruits, which are eaten fresh or used for jellies, wines, liquors.
Lot #28Clerodendrum quadriloculare cv. "Jewels of the Nile"
A Philippine native lives up to its name ‘Jewels of the Nile. Blooms are huge, most are 8-12 inches in diameter. Each flower is made up of scores of smaller 3-4 inch long flowers in sprays of pink tubes ending with a smaller spray of creamy white flowers bursting from the center. The leaves are great as well; succulent, emerald and gold on top, and a strong garnet underneath. A reliable winter bloomer that puts on a dramatic show. It will grow to 12-15 feet and prefers moist soil.
Lot #29Oncoba spinosa-Fried Egg Tree
From Africa, a tree 8 m tall; armed; large showy flowers with green sepals, white petals and orange-yellow anthers; fragrant.
Lot #30Aphelandra sinclairiana
A remarkable plant native of Panama. It likes the sunshine and attracts groups of hummingbirds. It has pink and magenta flowers and is a spectacular bloomer.
Lot #31Tipuana tipu-"Pride of Bolivia"
Spreading tree of 10-15 m in height. The flowers which are yellow and orange appear in terminal racemes in June and August. A beautiful specimen.
Lot #32Mussaenda philippica cv. "Rosea"
A wonderful tropical shrub with large, showy bracts. The flowers are a canary yellow and are subtended by the double, salmon bracts.
Lot #33Bauhina rufescens
A small tree from Senegal which is uncommon in our area. It has fragrant yellow flowers in racemes. The small 1" leaves are bluish in color and are bifid to the base. The tree sports drooping branches.
Lot #34Instia bijuga-Merbau
The copious nectar which drips from the flower of this small tree accounts for the colloquial name ... Instia. The flowers are white and orange with a large claw and hang in racemes. Nine species are native to Madagascar and the islands of Indonesia
Lot #35Ceiba schottii-"Berry Clone"
A new clone of this fragrant tree. It is indigenous to Mexico, has large white flowers which have brown streaks. The bark is brown and covered with spines. The flowers open incompletely and have a scent reminiscent of vanilla or chocolate.
Lot #36Brownea ariza-Rose of Venezuela
A delicate legume with cauliferous pink/magenta flowers. A tropical tree whose leaves open like new handkerchiefs.
Lot #37Plumeria obtusa, cv. "Isabella"
A unique tropical Plumeria species from a private garden in Columbia which was brought to the United States via Key West. This stunning tree has white flowers with pale yellow in the throat and a delicate perfume.Wide leaves, broader at the center than at the base or at the tip. Requires a windless growing area, as the plant has a tendency to shed branches in case of high wind. As with all Plumerias it requires a sunny and dry location. Probably a evergreen.
Lot #38Tabebuia pallida-Snowball
The Cuban Trumpet Tree. Snow white flowers appear over beautiful green foliage. A tree to 10 meters
Lot #39Costus guanaiensis var. tarmicus
A beautiful tropical ginger with large yellow flowers. The flowers are eaten in salads. Sour, aromatic juice is squeezed from stalks, diluted and sweetened for juice
Lot #40Lagerstroemia floribunda
From Southeast Asia, this a rare Crepe Myrtle with pink flowers which appear along the branches. It is a prolific bloomer and puts on a spectacular show!
Lot #41Dahlia imperialis
This is one of the largest cultivated Dahlias, sometimes growing as high as 10 feet and will need staking. Branches are bamboo-like and the flower heads grow from 4 to 7 inches long. Under ideal conditions, this plant has been known to grow to a height of 20 feet! After flowering is done for the season, cut the plant back to within 6 inches of the ground and mulch well.
Lot #42Tabebuia impetiginosa syn. avellanedae
A very beautiful deciduous tree to 25 feet tall with smooth dark green palmately compund leaves and furrowed light gray bark. The 2-3 inch long lavender-pink flowers with yellow centers appear in clusters in early spring, covering the bare branches.
Lot #43Chorisia speciosa cv. Willis Jr.
This South American tree explodes into masses of pink blossoms. This cultivar has dark pink petals which are streaked with buttermilk which extends into the throat. One of the most stunning Chorisias!
Lot #44Calycophyllum spruceanum
Mulateiro or Pau Mulato is a fascinating tree native to the Amazon region. It grows to a height of about 30 meters, and has been long used as a source of good high density lumber. The tree propagates easily and is found near water, where it can be periodically flooded. Mulateiro is marked by its ability to completely shed and regenerate its bark on a yearly basis, making it a totally renewable resource. The bark changes colors throughout the year as it matures, going from a green tone to a brownish tone which is very smooth, as if polished.
Lot #45Mussaenda erthryophylla-Ashanti’s Blood
A medium to tall bushy shrub with large blood-red flower bracts and small cream-colored flowers. A spectacular specimen plant.
Lot #46Barringtonia racemosa
This tree, which is considered to be a mangrove associate, can also be found in tropical rainforest areas. They may grow to 20 m tall. The leaves can be up to 40 cm long and 15 cm wide. They are pointed at the tip, have slightly toothed edges and very pronounced veins. Flowers, arranged in long racemes coming out of the centrers of leaf groups, have four white petals surrounded by a profusion of white filaments. The fruit is egg shaped and about 9 cm long
Lot #47Quararibea funebris-rosita de cacao
A rare tree to 15 m from Mexico and South America. It has small fragrant white flowers and leathery green leaves. The native peoples used the plant for flavoring chocolate and preserving food and bodies.
Lot #48Lagerstroemia venusta syn corniculata, collettii
From China a rare, large-leaved, Crepe Myrtle with lavender flowers borne in clusters. It is similar in form to the Queen Crepe Myrtle. It is called the tree the lizard cannot climb due to its smooth bark.
Lot #49Acrocarpus fraxinifolius-Pink Cedar
.A little-known tall tree from India to 120’. Leaves are tinged with pink and coral. Long spikes of scarlet pea-shaped flowers. A truly beautiful tree.
Lot #50Cubanola domingensis
This is a Portlandia relative native to the Dominican Republic. It has pendulous, bell-shaped, cream-colored, flowers. It is a delightful shrub and would be a wonderful addition to any garden.
Lot #51Desmodium pulchellum-Pigtail Tree
A small shrub from Southeast Asia not common in cultivation in the United States. It has a wonderful habit in that it has pendulous branches of overlapping bracts which hide the small white flowers during most of the day.
Lot #52Bouganvillea arborea
A wonderful tree from Brazil. It sports lavender flowers in abundance. The tree has no spines and is well adapted to growth in South Florida.
Lot #53Catasbaea spinosum
A rare shrub/small tree of the Rubiaceae. It is spiny and is bedecked with dangling, cream-colored, fragrant flowers.
Lot #54Butea monosperma-Flame of the Forest
A wonderful gnarly tree with bunches of peach/orange flowers in showy profusion.
To 25 feet.
Lot #55Randia sp.
A rare tropical shrub/small tree with outstanding white flowers held over emerald green foliage.
To 15 feet.
Lot #56Mucuna macrocarpa-Botanic Print
This is an antique botanical print from "Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants" published in London from 1834-49 by Sir Joseph Paxton. A lithograph in original hand coloring of "Mucuna macrocarpa- the long-fruited Mucuna". It has been professionally mounted and comes with its original description.
Lot #57Pterocarpus indicus-Rosewood/Padauk
Pterocarpus indicusis one of the best known trees in southeast Asia. In the Philippines, it is the national tree and the favorite timber for the manufacture of fine furniture. In Singapore, it is practically the symbol of that country's garden city planting program; many avenues are graced by this attractive species. In Malaysia, it has been planted as a shade tree for at least 200 years. Trees with long willowy, drooping branches are particularly conspicuous and attractive in Singapore and some parts of Malaysia. The flowers are yellow and are highly fragrant.
Lot #58Brachychiton bidwillii
This is a large shrub/small tree is an outstanding ornamental. It blooms in bunches of rose-pink/red star-shaped flowers along its branches.
Lot #59Dillenia sp.
This is a rare species with purple tinged serrate leaves. The single yellow flowers are large and showy. From Indonesia.
Lot #60Strophanthus sarmentosus
A rare tropical shrubby vine with white sap, flowers dark red inside and whitish red outside, stamens reddish white. Montane forest. Liana to height of 25 m. Corolla pale yellow with maroon bloom on outside of tube and lobes, inside tube with distinct red stripes. Liana with almost colourless latex. Leaves papery. Calyx brown. Corolla wine-red outside, white with red lines inside. Corolla lobes white, small lobes between the big ones red. Flowers with strong, sweet fragrance.
Lot #61Tabernaemontana holstii
A rarely seen, handsome, small tree from Tropical Africa with leathery leaves and profusions of beautiful white/cream flowers with scented aroma.
To 20 feet.
Lot #62Chorisia speciosa x Bombax rhodonaphalon "TEM"
This is a must-have for the Bombax enthusiast. This is an intergeneric cross between two Bombax species. This is the largest flowering Chorisia hybrid and shows amazing hybrid vigor. The flowers are very large, and are a hearty pink.
Lot #63Plumeria x cv. "Singapore"
Probably a cross between Plumeria rubra and obtusa. A white flower with a yellow center, very shiny leaves. The most well known obtusa. Semi -evergreen in the Miami area.
Lot #64"Plant Material In Thailand"
This encylopedic book is the finest book on flowering Thai plants. This is a first edition from 1998 and is wrapped plastic and has never been opened. Over 700 pages in English and Thai.
Lot #65Hura crepitans-Dynamite Tree
This is a rarely-offered specimen tree. The large tree is covered in densely wicked spines. The tree loves moist areas. The leaves are unique with their prominent yellow veins on a green ground. The male flowers are a conical red spike, the female flowers are tubular, waxy, and dark-red. The fruit is segmented and when ripe, opens with a loud "POP", hence its name.
Lot #66Posoqueria latifolia-Needle Flower Tree
This is a spectacular small tree from South America. The unique and beautiful flowers are borne in clusters amidst the foliage. The flowers are white and sweetly perfumed.
Lot #67Gustavia gracillima
A rare tree from Colombia. This member of the Lecythidaceae sports beautiful thin green leaves and characteristic, dark pink flowers.
Lot #68Saraca indica-Sorrowless Tree
A magnificent and highly sought-after, tropical tree with large masses of orange-red cauliferous flowers which are fragrant at night. To 25 feet.
Lot #69Phyllocarpus septentrionalis
This is a large spreading tree from Honduras and Guatemala. The scarlet flowers appear in clustered racemes with prominent stamens.
To 60 feet.
Lot #70Garcia nutans
This is a wonderful member of the Euphorbiacea. It blooms continuously with rosy-pink flowers. The stamens are extruded in a brush and the petals are reflexed.
Lot #71Juanulloa aurantiaca
A solanaceous vining shrub from Central and South America. It sports bright orange flowers which are attractive to hummingbirds. It has a habit like Bouganvillea.
Lot #72Clusia lanceolata
A delightful shrub or small tree eight to ten feet tall, is native to Brazil where it grows in sandy areas adjacent to mangrove areas. Leathery, lanceolate leaves are about three inches long. Showy, waxy flowers, one to two inches across, are white with a dark red center. Small, round fruits open to expose seeds with an orange-red aril. It can be grown in a large container, or planted in full sun to light shade.
Lot #73Syzygium paniculatum syn. Eugenia australis
Dense bushy rainforest tree with glossy leaves, to 8cm long. Masses of white terminal flowers in October - November, pink - magenta fruit.
Lot #74 "Seaside Plants of the World" Edwin Menninger
This out-of-print book is the rarest of Menninger’s works. This is a first edition from 1964 in mint condition with the original dust cover. It gives an analysis of the problems plants experience by the sea and chapters devoted to classes of plants adapted to seaside locations.
Lot #75Amherstia nobilis-Pride of Burma
A queen of flowering trees is from Myanmar (Burma). It has compound leaves and a great profusion of large, irregular, yellow-spotted scarlet flowers which hang in racemes. The leaves unfurl in handkerchief fashion like the Brownea.
Lot #76Ceiba pentandra-Madagascar Peach
A rare form of this majestic tree. The flowers instead of being the plain Jane white are a deep peach color. Never before offered. A must for the serious Bombax collector.
Lot #77Gardenia tubifera
This rare gardenia species is from the Malay Peninsula and Borneo. The robust nine-inch leaves are dark-green and leathery. The four-inch long, tubular flowers open a cream color which turns to a deep yellow-orange. The corolla has six to nine lobes which radiate like a wheel. The heavenly scent is the icing on the cake.
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