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The Afgekia pod

January 20, 2011

Afgekia mahidoliae (Fabaceae) is still a rare and expensive ornamental in exclusive gardens of Southeast Asia. It is native to the mountains of western Thailand and Burma, and I have blogged about its lovely blossom during the monsoon rains. As you can see from the Dokmai Garden picture below, we managed to get pods this year, ultimately aiming at propagation, price reduction and introduction of a local garden ornamental among all the South American plants currently planted in the Chiang Mai gardens.

Eric Danell

The young velvety pod of Afgekia mahidoliae is guarded by a loyal soldier at the pesticide-free Dokmai Garden. However, this relative of Wisteria is capable of defending its sleeping baby with powerful toxins.

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