I had hoped to put these into some sort of logical order - but then I thought the order in which I took the photos was as good as any. Beaucarnea recurvata - Pony Tail Palm. In the National Botanical Gardens. Now that's what I call a proper one (or two). Socratea exorrhiza - The Walking Palm Tree. It is said that this palm tree can move, growing new roots on one side and allowing the old roots on the other side to wither and die. However I watched it for 5 minutes and it did nothing. Musa velutina with its pink bananas. Bambusa gigantea - Giant Bamboo. This was in the garden/grounds of an orchid nursery where the owner said that the stems were over 80 feet tall. Each year some new stems grow and take about 6 months to reach 80 feet. That's over 5 inches a day. Pachystachys lutea. Strongylodon macrobotrys - Green Jade Vine. This was in a private garden In the same garden we saw this Cyrtostachys renda - Red Sealing Wax Palm. It is said to be the most beautiful of all the palms, and we saw several as we toured around. It's something you won't see in the UK. Its said to be too demanding in terms of winter temperature and humidity to even be cultivated under glass over here. The best garden we saw belonged to the first hotel we stayed at. And the next few pictures came from there. This was a magnificent specimen - and I am sure someone will know its name. Bougainvillea was everywhere, of course. I have no idea what this was. Its clearly an epiphyte. Anyone?