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A tropical "canal" in Hayward!


By stan510


I was shocked to see that Alocasia portadora had naturalize as far left and right as I could see along this drainage canal. Along with Aloe’s Prickly pear cactus and even a few ornamental Gingers. Of course, even a palm or two.
The Alocasia escaped and the Aloe’s and cacti were planted…but the Alocasia really has spread far.

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That prickly pear must have been a sight when it bloomed...look at all that fruit!

23 Jun, 2017


Funny isn't it how some plants thrive despite neglect while other we lavish lots of TLC to, refuse to respond.

23 Jun, 2017


Does anyone eat the prickly pear fruit Stan? I had some once and it was quite nice, as long as you got all the bristles off! the Alocasia looks very healthy and all set to go further given half a chance!

23 Jun, 2017


This canal-ditch- was opposite our BART-a monorail train station. So,behind me is the modern station,and tall fencing to keep people out of the "hot" and live electric rail. What you see are normal freight train tracks running parallel to the hot rail.
Its why those exotic plants have thrived and people to dig them up. Also,the cactus fruit are not harvested. Not sure what kind of Opuntia it is. Its NOT Opuntia ficus india sold at markets.
In the last photo to the far left you can see a Ginger plant. They take quite a bit of water to look good.

23 Jun, 2017

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