The 23 Club Index of Plants

 Botanical Sampler


Index of Plants

Following is an annotated index of Episodes and Parts wherein can be found substantial descriptions of plants, gardens and ethnobotany.


Dynamic description of Bernese Alps valley, bursting with spring seasonal garden plants including crocus, primroses, daisies, violets, daffodils, early tulips, forsythia, saucer magnolia, apple trees and horse chestnut trees.


An entry landscape experience leads Chalmers to a garden climax which he describes in detail, including:

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Cycas revoluta

Delonix regia

Gazania rigens

Gerbera jamesonii

Peltophorum peltatum

Protea caffra

Protea cynaroides

Rhapis excelsa


Jean-Claude describes the history of ‘street’ trees in Abu Dhabi as developed by Sheikh Zayed, beginning in the 1960s, including:

Phoenix dactylifera

Prosopis cineraria

Zizyphus spinus-christi


Jean-Claude describes the ethnobotany of the al qurm, the mangroves of the southern Arabian Peninsula, including:

Avicennia marina

Rhizophora mucronata


Jean-Claude talks about toothbrushes, the nursery industry and landscape groundcovers with halophyte suggestions including:

Arthrocnemum sp.

Halopeplis sp.

Salvadora persica

Sesuvium sp.

Wedelia trilobata


Jean-Claude reviews the history of a couple well known spices in the region, including:

Elettaria cardomomum

Syzygium aromatica


Jean-Claude elaborates on the local ethnobotany regarding:

Phoenix dactylifera


In the undeveloped sabka valley surrounded by huge sand dunes, Jean-Claude identifies two unique native plants;

Leptodenia pyrocantha

Xygophyllum sp.

E008all parts:

Chalmers encounters some intriguing plants in the desert nursery, including:

Agave sp.

Aloe sp.

Bougainvillea sp. and var.

Chamaerops humilis

Conocarpus erectus

Echinocactus grusonii

Olea europea

Tamarindus indica


Chalmers encounters a garden composed entirely of intentionally non-maintained Phoenix dactylifera, meant to depict a classic, date palm only, ‘oasis mirage image’.


Chalmers encounters an enclosed courtyard, planted only with an overstory of Veitchii merrillii.


Further in Chalmers’ discovery sequence of garden rooms, he finds:

Catharanthus roseus

Cestrum nocturnum

Cyperus alternifolia

Equisetum hyemale

Millingtonia hortensis

Nerium oleander double pink

Ocimum sanctum


Chalmers discovers a jewel of a small garden, featuring a strangely mixed collection, including bromeliads, dwarf bananas, fragrant gingers, underneath two fine specimens of:

Bauhinia galpinii, and,

Tibouchina granulosa


Edward Flaherty

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