Nigerian Walnut - plukenetia conophora. A canopy take-over vine, happily eating the West end of my greenhouse They produce a fruit that resembles a patty-pan squash, and contains a delicious, highly nutritious seed that looks like a black walnut. When I ordered these seeds from Cameroon, it took a couple of tries, because the first time, the harvester's daughter found the seeds, boiled them up and took them to the market!
The Tropical House is never allowed to drop below 50 degrees (F) in the winter, and the humidity is kept high, creating the perfect zone 11-12 environment for tender tropical trees. The Tropical house is triple insulated and heated with a blue flame gas furnace. In addition to heat, the gas furnace produces up to a quarter gallon of water vapor an hour, helping sustain a tropically moist environment. There is nothing finer than sitting in the Tropical House in the winter with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine in the evening, as the Idaho snow falls quietly outside.
Most of the trees in the Tropical House have been grown from seed, collected as we explore the world.
Please be patient as I build this page. I am adding botanical names, photos and descriptions of the collection, as time allows.
For now, here is a list of common names of many of the Tropical House plants!
Ice Cream Bean