|Aerial Roots on Palm|
I am always on the lookout for the unusual to capture with my lens. Very common in the Caribbean are trees with these aerial roots but not on Long Island where I come from. I am always intrigued when I see them.
|Aruba Blackbird in Coconut Tree|
Local wildlife is camera friendly near the resorts and easier to capture with the lens. Here a local blackbird watches over me from a coconut tree. He actually stayed there long enough for me to zoom in on him.
|Aloe and Snake Plant|
Aloe and Snake plant are very common on this semi-arid island and thrive here...
as well as various species of cacti.
|Coccoloba uvifera (Sea Grapes) Growing on Beach in Aruba|
I learned that these are Sea Grapes. The small green fruit native to the Caribbean grow in bunches and resemble grapes as we know them. In late summer as the grapes ripen they become tinged with a red or purple hue and can be quite sweet. Sea Grapes can be eaten raw (when ripe), made into jams or jellies, or fermented into sea grape wine.
|Stenocereus griseus (Candle Cactus)|
Stenocereus griseus or Candle Cactus can be found almost everywhere on the island and are abundant in the outback. It is also known as the Mexican organ pipe, dagger cactus, pitaya, and pitayo de mayo. There are three cacti species known to dominate the landscape of Aruba: ,
I am still trying to learn all the names of the flora in Aruba. These yellow blooms were way up high on one of the local trees and somewhat resemble a hibiscus.
|Pink Oleander (Nerium oleander)|
These beautiful Pink Oleander are found near the resorts. Even though parts of the plant are known to be poisonous, Oleander do have a multitude of medicinal qualities. antibacterial,
Here is an Aruba Dove who is not at all camera shy!
(Caesalpinia coriaria) Divi Divi or Watapana Tree
Aruba is known for its Divi Divi trees which grow in the direction of the one way winds on the island.
Not yet ripe but tempting are the bananas that are readily growing on the island.
|Heliconia (Lobster Claw Plant)|
Heliconia or "Lobster Claw" plant can be seen planted by the resorts and has a tropical flare.
The island is home to many iguana such as the male shown here. I recently learned that the males display spikes on their back, which the females lack.
|Monarch Butterfly on Spider Lily Flower|
With the lack of Monarchs at home the view of Monarchs on the island of Aruba was a delightful sight. This one is enjoying the sweet nectar of Spider Lily, which can be seen throughout the resorts.
Yucca is a more indigenous drought tolerant plant of Aruba.
|Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) Aruba Sugarbird|
The Bananaquit is a playful nectar-loving bird that is very common to Aruba. The bird can become very tame around people and are known as sugar birds, which stems from the fact that they have been known to enjoy sugar in the form of sugar packet and jellies. These two birds were within about three feet of where I was sitting.
|Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium)|
Here is Ixora. The elongated looking spindles eventually open up into a large cluster of blooms resembling a geranium.
|French Cotton or Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)|
Giant Milkweed is one of the largest of the Monarch Milkweeds, growing as a tree to a height of about ten feet. It was brought to Aruba and has become naturalized on the island. The Monarchs and Sugarbirds love it...
|Sugarbird on Milkweed|
as you can see here!
Croton, which is normally grown as a houseplant in the states thrives outside here on the island of Aruba.
|Rufous Hummingbird in Flight (Aruba)|
On an early morning stroll I visited this "hummingbird tree". Vibrant orange blooms attract numerous hummingbirds each morning before the heat of the day. As you may know, hummingbirds are very quick to move about so I had to be extra quick with the lens. I was able to get several captures and got this one while the bird was in mid flight!
|Aruba Flora and Fauna|
I hope you enjoyed the flora and fauna from the island of Aruba.
Linking with more blooms at Today's Flowers and Floral Fridays.
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved