Friday, May 13, 2022

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA, Part Two

Veering off my previously traveled pathway (aka the desert garden) I was now entering the palms, cycads, bromeliads and ferns zone. I do love plants on the far ends of the spectrum and when a botanical garden can deliver both extremes, well I'm in heaven!

Lepidozamia peroffskyana, aka scaly zamia.

Looking down into the shady ravine...

Aechmea sphaerocephala

As a PNW gardener anytime I see bromeliads in the ground I'm rather awestruck.

And these!

I think these are palm fruit? I couldn't find a label that matched up.

Stenochlaena tenuifolia, aka giant (!) vine fern. Damn.

Nice staghorn too...

Alsophila firma, aka Mexican tree fern.

I couldn't find an ID on the colorful fern, but it was nice to see a few pyrrosia in the mix.

It appeared a hanging staghorn had fallen to the ground.

I hope they were able to rescue it.

This cutie really caught my attention, no label though. Checking with Carlos Cruz (a connection the Amateur Bot-ann-ist made for me) he thought it might be Polypodium pyrrholepis, whatever it is I really really really want to grow it!

That looks like Pyrrosia hastata in the center...

And this fun character is phymatosorus grossus...

And that's a wrap on the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA. Do visit if you get a chance, I'll definitely return...

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  1. It looks really good, particularly when you consider that it is a public park.

    I spotted some parasols on the "shady ravine" shot. That looks like a nice place to have a coffee and cake.

    I know what you mean about seeing plants growing in the ground that you consider to be pot plants or houseplants. The first time I went to the island of Ibiza I was amazed to see lots of UK houseplants growing happily outside. There was a particularly nice fish restaurant we found and it had a huge Ficus elastica growing outisde and I was gobsmacked, lol!

    1. There was a class lecture down in the shady ravine while I was visiting, oh and also a very loud and annoying family getting photos taken...

  2. AnonymousMay 13, 2022

    Palm fruit might be Chamaedorea?

  3. Oh ! Wowzers ! I do look forward to your blog .

  4. You must have been really happy to come across the Pyrrosia ;) Healthy specimens too. I wonder how many students stroll through that garden? Every time I've visited it's been nearly deserted. And I have to say that when I was in grad school there, I never visited it, but it was a wonderful place to go when visiting someone in the nearby medical facilities.

    1. Ya, irrationally so (the pyrrosia)! There was a class in the garden while I was there, which was nice to see. Several other people too, one drawing and another (loud) group getting photos taken. It seemed to be well used.

  5. AnonymousMay 14, 2022

    What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours... yes, I burst into song. Those two areas of the Mildred E. Mathias botanical garden are such opposites! Whenever you show magnificent ferns I get excited, the vine fern in particular was so grand. Lovely phymatosorus grossus showing off it's spores! I wanted to take the fallen staghorn fern home with me... nurse it to full recovery.

    1. You'd have need a van and several people to lift it, it was HUGE!


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