Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Plant of the Month April 2017

Amherstia nobilis - Pride of Burma
Family: Fabaceae
Origins: Burma
Location: Tropical Glasshouse
Accession: 1984

This tropical tree has spectacular flowers and large compound leaves bearing 6 - 8 leaflets, drooping and brown when young. It is widely cultivated for ornament in the humid tropics, but very rare in the wild. Discovered by Nathaniel Wallich in a Burmese temple in 1827, it was named after Lady Amherst, the wife of the British Governor General. The Duke of Devonshire obtained plants for a special ‘Amherstia house’ at Chatsworth, but could not to get it to flower for many years.

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