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Archive for October, 2011


Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Trick or Treat!!  As Halloween approaches, beware the goblins lurking … in some of the more unique flowering plants out there!


The Titan Arum, which grows in the rainforests of Sumatra, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.

Due to its odor, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, the titan arum is characterized as a carrion flower, and is also known as the “corpse flower”, or “corpse plant”.

 A native to Northern California and Oregon, the Cobra Lily was discovered in 1841 by the botanist William D. Brackenridge at Mount Shasta.  

 This plant is designated as uncommon due to its rarity in the field.   A carnivorous plant, it is also called the California Pitcher plant,  or Cobra Plant, and it is the sole member of the genus Darlingtonia in the family Sarraceniaceae.  

The name Cobra Lily stems from the resemblance of its tubular leaves to a rearing cobra, complete with a forked leaf—ranging from yellow to purplish-green—that resemble  fangs or a serpent’s tongue.


The genus Tacca, which includes Bat flowers and Arrowroot, consists of ten species of flowering plants in the order Dioscoreales, native to tropical regions of Africa, Australia, and south-eastern Asia.

Several species are cultivated as ornamental plants for their bold foliage and large flowers. The well-known T. chantrieri goes by the names of  Black Bat Flower, Bat-head Lily, Devil Flower or Cat’s Whiskers.   Tacca integrifolia is known as the Purple or White Bat Flower.


 References include Wikipedia and the Daily Mail Reporter-UK

Oysters Served up with Flair

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Long time member Mitch’s in New Orleans is carrying an elegant new line of hand-crafted oyster plates as gift items. 

These gorgeous serving plates were recently featured online at:  www.theadvocate.com.

A Visionary

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great man, Steve Jobs… someone whom many of us claimed as a mentor – A visionary who had the courage and discipline to strip away all the clutter and give us just what we wanted, only what we needed.

“Flower Power” featuring Sandra de Ovando

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Get creative with your entertaining and design by incorporating flowers. Sandra de Ovando, founder and creative director of Ovando Floral & Event Design shows us how to work flowers into everyday design.

Video clip courtesy of www.nbcnewyork.com