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  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.
  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.

A - Z Plant List

A - B - C - D/E

F - G - H/I/J

K/L - M - N/O

P - Q/R - S

T to Z


The A - Z of House Plants is currently under construction. Plant names will be linked to their corresponding articles as they are added. Please be patient - there are a lot of plants, and there may be days when only one or two articles can be added at a time. In the meantime, why not take a look at some of these general care articles:


A brief Guide to Potting Mixes


When and how to repot House Plants


Grooming House Plants - the Basics


Indoor House Plants and Light


Ten House Plants tolerating low Light Conditions


Indoor House Plants and Humidity Levels


Watering Indoor House Plants


Fertilising House Plants


To save readers having to scroll through the whole alphabet when looking for a specific plant, each section will be moved to its own page once all corresponding articles have been added. 


Yet to come: 




(Haworthia species)

Heartleaf Philodendron

(Philodendron scandens)


(Helleborus niger)


(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Hyacinth Flower

(Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids)


(Hydrangea macrophylla)




(Impatiens hybrids)

Iron Cross Begonia

(Begonia masoniana)

Ivy Geranium

(Pelargonium peltatum)


(Ixora coccinea)



Jade Plant

(Crassula ovata)

Janet Craig Dracaena

(Dracaena deremensis)

Japanese Aralia

(Fatsia japonica)

Jasmine Plant

(Jasminum polyanthum)

Jerusalem Cherry

(Solanum pseudocapsicum)



Kaffir Lily

(Clivia miniata)

Kentia Palm

(Howea forsteriana)



Lady Palm

(Rhapis excelsa)

Lantana Plants

(Lantana camara)

Lily of the Valley                                      

(Convallaria majalis)

Lipstick Plant                                          

(Aeschynanthus lobbianus)

Living Stones                                           

(Lithops species)

Lucky Bamboo                                        

(Dracaena sanderiana)



Madagascar Palm                                    

(Pachypodium lamerei)

Maidenhair Fern                                       


Mandevilla Plant                                       

(Mandevilla hybrids)

Martha Washington Geranium                   

(Pelargonium domesticum)


(Medinilla magnifica)

Ming Aralia                                              

(Polyscias fruticosa)

Miniature Roses                                        

(Rosa chinensis hybrids)

Mona Lavender                                        

(Plectranthus hybrid)

Money Tree Plant                                     

(Pachira aquatica)

Moses in the Cradle                                 

(Tradescantia spathacea)

Mother of Thousands                                

(Kalanchoe daigremontiana)

Mother-in-Law's Tongue/ Snake Plant        

(Sansevieria trifasciata)



Nerve Plant                                              

(Fittonia verschaffeltii)

New Guinea Impatiens                              

(Impatiens x hawkeri hybrid)

Norfolk Island Pine                                   

(Araucaria heterophylla)



Oleander Plant                                         

(Nerium oleander)

Orchid Cactus                                         

(Epiphyllum species and hybrids)

Ornamental Chili Pepper                           

(Capsicum annuum)



Paddle Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

Panda Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe tomentosa)


(Viola x wittrockiana)

Paperwhite Narcissus                               

(Narcissus jonquilla)

Papyrus Plant                                          

(Cyperus papyrus)

Parlor Palm                                             

(Chamaedorea elegans)

Parrot Flower                                           

(Heliconia psittacorum)

Passion Flower                                        

(Passiflora caerulea)

Peace Lily


Peacock Plant                                         

(Calathea makoyana)


(Peperomia caperata)

Periwinkle Flower                                     

(Catharanthus roseus)

Persian Shield                                         

(Strobilanthes dyerianus)

Persian Violet                                          

(Exacum affine)

Piggyback Plant                                      

(Tolmiea menziesii)

Pink Calla Lily                                         

(Zantedeschia rehmannii)

Pink Quill                                                

(Tillandsia cyanea)

Pitcher Plant                                           

(Nepenthes hybrids)


(Plumeria rubra)

Pocketbook Plant                                    

(Calceolaria herbeohybrida)


(Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Polka Dot Plant                                       

(Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Ponytail Palm                                          

(Beaucarnea recurvata)

Pothos/ Devil's Ivy                                    

(Epipremnum aureum)

Powder Puff Tree                                      

(Calliandra haematocephala)

Prayer Plant                                            

(Maranta leuconeura)

Primrose Flowers                                     

(Primula hybrids)

Purple Heart Plant                                    

(Tradescantia pallida)

Purple Passion Plant                                

(Gynura aurantiaca)

Purple Shamrock                                     

(Oxalis regnellii)

Pygmy Date Palm                                     

(Phoenix roebelenii)



Queen's Tears                                         

(Billbergia nutans)



Rabbit Foot Fern                                      

(Davallia fejeensis)

Rex Begonia                                            

(Begonia rex)

Rosary Vine                                            

(Ceropegia woodii)

Rubber Plant                                           

(Ficus elastica)



Sago Palm                                              

(Cycas revoluta)

Satin Pothos                                           

(Scindapsus pictus)

Scarlet Star                                             

(Guzmania lingulata)

Scented Geranium                                   

(Pelargonium species and hybrids)


(Schefflera actinophylla)

Sensitive Plant                                         

(Mimosa pudica)

Shamrock Plant                                       

(Oxalis species)

Shrimp Plant                                           

(Justicia brandegeana)

Siam Tulip                                               

(Curcuma alismatifolia)

Spider Lily                                               

(Hymenocallis littoralis)

Spider Plant

(Chlorophytum comosum)

Split-Leaf Philodendron                             

(Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

Staghorn Fern                                          

(Platycerium bifurcatum)

Strawberry Begonia                                  

(Saxifraga stolonifera)

String of Pearls                                        

(Senecio rowleyanus)

Swedish Ivy                                             

(Plectranthus species)

Sweet Potato Vine                                   

(Ipomea batatas)

Swiss Cheese Plant                                 

(Monstera deliciosa)


Thanksgiving Cactus                                

(Schlumbergera truncata)

Ti Plant                                                   

(Cordyline terminalis)

Tiger's Jaw                                              

(Faucaria tigrina)


(Tulipa hybrids)


U - V - W

Urn Plant                                                 

(Aechmea fasciata)

Venus Fly Trap                                        

(Dionaea muscipula)

Wandering Jew                                        

(Tradescantia albiflora)

Wax Begonia                                           

(Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)

Wax Plant                                               

(Hoya carnosa)

Weeping Fig                                            

(Ficus benjamina)

Windmill Palm Tree                                  

(Trachycarpus fortunei)


X - Y - Z


(Yucca elephantipes)

Zebra Plant                                              

(Aphelandra squarrosa)

ZZ Plant                                                  

(Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Sad News...


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May 26 2012 7 26 /05 /May /2012 11:46

Belonging to the predaceous Dytiscidae family of diving beetles, the Acilius duvergeri is another creature, this time an insect, that is being listed as vulnerable in several countries - including Algeria and Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain - before it has even been given a common name. 

Such is this poor creature's plight, that the English speaking world seems to know very little about it - it took several hours to unearth the details given here in a Spanish/ Portuguese publication. As it is, translation revealed quite a few interesting bits of information concerning the Acilius duvergeri. 


acilius-duvergeri.jpgAcilius duvergeri is an oval, slightly flattened mid-sized diving beetle reaching an overall length of approximately half an inch (12.5 to 13 mm). The body of the Acilius duvergeri is mid to dark brown, and the head is yellowish, with a black trailing edge and a characteristic V-shaped black stain. 

The pronotum (surface of the first thorax segment, or prothorax) is also yellowish, and is marked by a pair of black traverse bands, which may be wavy and are connected by a more or less visible line in the middle. The pronotal (adj. of pronotum) punctuation is spaced and very fine, while the also yellowish elytra (wing case, the chitinous or leathery forewing covering the membranous, thin hind-wings used for flying) features joined black spots. 

The thorax of the Acilius duvergeri is black, with yellowish sub-tones, while the abdomen shows a varied yellowish to brown coloration. Acilius duvergeri' legs equally show yellowish tones, with dark-brown metatibias and metatarsals.

The fine, spaced punctuation of the pronotum, the small size and narrow body shape of the Acilius duvergeri, along with the not very clearly defined suction cups in the males and the lack of defined grooves on the elytra of the females, clearly distinguishes this species from others in the genus. This is accentuated by detailed studies of the Acilius duvergeri's larvae.

Biology and Ecology

It has been suggested (Dettner, 1981) that the larvae of the Acilius duvergeri develops in temporary, shallow stagnant bodies of water during spring and into early summer. As these temporary bodies dry up, the adults migrate into the deeper waters of permanent ponds or lakes. 

Both the larvae and the adult Acilius duvergeri are strictly aquatic predators, although the adult may also scavenge. Like other species found in the genus, the Acilius duvergeri  is a good swimmer and flier.


The Acilius duvergeri  prefers fresh, not too bright or cold water containing an abundance of helophytes and macrophytes, such as, for example, Typha. It has been found in both temporary and permanent ponds, mainly in coastal areas, of south-west France - especially in the Landes region and Gironde; several coastal areas, such as the lower Alentejoto Coimbra and the Hueva coast, in Portugal.

Other areas where populations have been reported include inland areas of Spain (Zamorra, Leon, Palencia); between Rabat and Tangier in Morocco, and a couple of areas on the Italian island of Sicily. It is also believed to inhabit some areas of Algeria. 


The habitat of the Acilius duvergeri is continually being reduced by expansion of urban activities, farming, and extraction/ diversion of water-sources for irrigation of farmland, which is gradually eliminating the natural flood plains. This, combined with agricultural accidents leading to organic and chemical substances to wash into ponds and lakes, reduces the aquatic diversity of the area and makes it difficult for both larvae and adults to find shelter and food.

Conservation Measures

It has been suggested that measures to guide and control both drainage of excess irrigation and extraction of water from flood plains, promotion of organic products in agriculture and restoration and protection of flood plains and coastal freshwater lagoons are necessary to assist the survival of this species. 

Considering that the outstanding morphological differences of the Acilius duvergeri in comparison with other species of the same genus do suggest an extremely high phylogenetic uniqueness, reflecting the possibility of the Acilius duvergeri being an extraordinary, true relic, it is sad to see that at the moment, the species does not enjoy any form of legal protection. 


Earth's Endangered Species

Eco-Aqua Papers

Dettner, T. 1981. Erstnachweis von Acilius (Homoeolytrus) duvergeri Govt. (Col: Dytiscidae) für die italienische Fauna. Entomol. Z., 91 (18): 201-208

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