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Idaho State University

Pocatello Greenhouse

LS 253 & 254

The greenhouse plant collection acts as a living reference collection that is organized into four zones with each zone representing a type of climate. It serves biology classes, providing plants for the core courses required of every biology student. Community visitors please contact the greenhouse supervisor with questions.

Updated: 11/04/2019

Species OR GenusCommon name
Abutilon hybridum flowering mallow
Acacia hindsii  
Adansonia digitata baobab, dead-rat tree, monkey-bread tree, upside-down tree, cream of tartar tree 
Adenium obesum Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily and desert rose.
Adiantum  Maidenhair fern
Adromischus cristatus crinkle leaf plant
Aeonium  tree houseleek
Aeschynanthus lobbianus lipstick plant
Agave americana spiky aloe or agave
Aglaonema  Chinese evergreens
Albuca bracteata pregnant onion
Alluaudia ascendens  
Alluaudia dumosa  
Alocasia poll  
Aloe arborescens Giant aloe
Alternanthera ficoidea parrot leaf
Amorphophallus krausi  
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius  elephant foot yam or whitespot giant arum or stink lily
Anacampseros filamentosa  
Ananas comosus pineapple
Angiopteris evecta Giant Fern 
Annas comosus pineapple
Aptenia cordifolia heartleaf ice plant or baby sun rose
Aristolochia elegans dutchmans pipe
Asplenium bulbiferum  mother spleenwort, hen and chicken fern
Asplenium nidus Bird's nest fern
Astrophytum ornatum bishop's cap
Begonia coccinea  Wing Begonia
Billbergia nutans Queen's tears
Bougainvillea spectabilis or glabra  
Bowiea volubilis climbing-onion, sea onion
Brugmansia angel trumpet
Bryophyllum tubiflorum mother of millions, devil's backbone, chandelier plant 
Campyloneurum phyllitidis long strap fern
Capparis spinosa caper bush, linders rose
Carambola starfruit
Carica papaya  papaya, papaw, or pawpaw 
Carissa macrocarpa  large num-num, Natal Plum
Carnegiea gigantea  saguaro
Ceropegia woodii chain of hearts, collar of hearts, string of hearts, rosary vine, hearts-on-a-string and sweetheart vine.
Chamaecereus silvestrii Cacta Leaf
Chamaedorea seifrizii bamboo palm
Chlorophytum amaniense  fire flash
Chlorophytum comosum Spider plant
Cissus rotundifolia Arabian Wax Cissus
Cissus sicyoides  Princess vine, Millionaire vine and Curtain Ivy
Citronella mucronata  
Citrus × limon x medica Ponderosa lemons
Citrus aurentifolia
 
Citrus medica Citron 
Coccothrinax macroglossa palm
Codiaeum variegatum  
Colocasia esculenta taro root
Conocephalum liverwort
Costus woodsonii red ginger
Crassula ovata jade
Crossandra infundibuliformis  firecracker flower
Cyathea cooperi  Australian tree fern, lacy tree fern, scaly tree fern, or Cooper’s tree fern, 
Cycas revoluta sago palm, king sago, sago cycad, Japanese sago palm
Cylindropuntia bigelovii yellow teddybear cactus, teddy-bear cholla
Cylindropuntia imbricata walking stick cholla, tree cholla, chainlink cactus
Cymbopogon flexuosus Cochin Grass or Malabar Grass 
Cyperus alternifolius  umbrella papyrus, umbrella sedge or umbrella palm
Cyperus papyrus papyrus sedge, paper reed, Indian matting plant, Nile grass
Cyrtomium falcatum house holly-fern and Japanese holly fern
Davallia mariesii squirrels foot fern
Dendrobium lindleyi Lindley's Dendrobium
Dioon edule Chestnut Dioon 
Dioon spinulosum giant dioon, gum palm
Dischidia albida Propeller Vine
Dorstenia foetida  
Dorstenia radiata  
Echeveria   
Echinocactus hedgehog cactus 
Echinocereus pectinatus  rainbow cactus 

Echinopsis chamaecereus

syn. Chamaecereus sylvestris

peanut cactus
Elodea  water weed
Encylia cochleata  
Ephedra viridis Mormon tea
Equisetum horsetail, snake grass, puzzlegrass
Eucalyptus deglupta  
Eucrosia bicolor  
Euphorbia milii crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn

Euphorbia ritchiei
syn. Monadenium ritchiei

 
Euphorbia tirucalli Aveloz, Firestick Plants, Indian Tree Spurge, Naked Lady, Pencil Tree, Pencil Cactus, Sticks on Fire or Milk Bush
Euphorbia viguieri  
Faucaria tigrina Tiger's jaw
Fenestraria rhopalophylla baby toes, window plant
Ficus carica common fig
Ficus elastica rubber bush, rubber tree, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush 
Fouquieria splendens ocotillo
Fuchsia triphylla   
Gardenia jasminoides gardenia, cape jasmine, cape jessamine, danh-danh, or jasmin
Gasteria   
Glechoma hederacea ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, and run-away-robin
Gossypium hirsutum upland cotton or Mexican cotton
Graptopetalum paraguayense Mother-of-pearl-plant and Ghost plant
Haworthia retusa  
Hedera helix common ivy, English ivy, European ivy
Hemionitis arifolia heart fern
Hippeastrum  amaryllis
Hoya carnosa porcelainflower or wax plant
Huernia   
Hylocereus  dragonfruit
Hypnum cupressiforme cypress-leaved plait-moss or hypnum moss
Hypoestes phyllostachya
syn. Hypoestes sanguinolenta
polka-dot plant
Jasminum officinale common jasmine or simply jasmine
Juniperus scopulorum Rocky Mountain Juniper
Justicia carnea  Brazilian plume flower, Brazilian-plume, flamingo flower, and jacobinia
Kalanchoe luciae Paddle Plant
Kalanchoe prolifera Blooming Boxes
Kalanchoe tomentosa Chocolate Soldier Panda Plant
Lemna minor common duckweed or lesser duckweed
Leuchtenbergia principis agave cactus or prism cactus
Lithops hallii soapstone
Malpighia coccigera Singapore holly or dwarf holly 
Mammillaria prolifera Texas nipple cactus
Marchantia  liverwort
Marsilea drummondii nardoo
Marsilea quadrifolia Four Leaf Clover'; European waterclover (USA); sushni in parts of India; aalaik keerai in Tamil.
Matucana madisoniorum  
Melaleuca glauca Albany bottlebrush
Microgramma palmeri  nitida
Mimosa pudica sensitive plant, sleepy plant or shy plant
Mnium  stellar calcareous moss
Monadenium richtei  
Monstera deliciosa Mexican bread fruit
Nematanthus wettsteinii goldfish plant
Nepenthes alata winged pitcher plant
Nepenthes maxima great pitcher plant
Nephrolepis cordifolia tuber ladder fern, erect sword fern, narrow sword fern and ladder fern, fishbone fern, and herringbone fern
Nephrolepis Cordifolia cv. 'duffi' lemon button fern
Nephrolepis exaltata Boston fern
Nerium oleander dognbane
Nicotiana langsdorffii  
Nymphaea  water lily 
Odontonema strictum firespike
Olea europa olive
Opuntia microdasys angel's-wings, bunny ears cactus, bunny cactus or polka-dot cactus
Opuntia polyacantha plains pricklypear, hairspine cactus, panhandle pricklypear, and starvation pricklypear
Opuntia vulgaris pencil cactus
Osteospermum caulescens daisybush
Oxalis  green shamrock
Pachypodium  
Passiflora coriacea bat leaf passionflower
Passiflora edulis purple granadilla
Passiflora quadrangularis giant granadilla
Pelargonium domesticum  royal geraniums
Peperomia fraseri 'nana' Flowering peperomia 
Persea americana avocado
Phalaenopsis amabilis moth orchid
Phalaenopsis celebensis The Celebes Phalaenopsis
Philodendron bipinnatifidum lacy tree philodendron
Philodendron erubescens blushing philodendron
Pilea cadierei aluminum plant
Pistia stratiotes water lettuce, Nile cabbage
Platycerium bifurcatum staghorn fern
Plectranthus Swedish ivy 
Pogostemon heyneanus patchoulii
Polypodium aureum rabbit foot fern
Polypodium formosanum frog foot fern
Polypodium virginianum rock polypody, rock cap fern, or common polypody
Polytrichum  hair moss
Ponderosa rutaceae Citrus limon
Portulacaria afra  elephant bush, dwarf jade plant, porkbush and spekboom
Prosthechea cochleata
syn. Encyclia cochleata
Cockleshell Orchid or Clamshell Orchid
Psilotum nudum whisk fern
Pteris multifida Brake fern
Punica granatum dwarf pomegranate
Rhipsalis salicornioides Dancing Bones Cactus, Drunkard's Dream, Spice Cactus
Rhizophora mangle mangrove
Rhoeo spathacea Oyster Plant, Moses In The Cradle
Russelia Firecracker plants or Coralblows
Saintpaulia ionantha  African violet
Salvinia  fairy moss, water fern
Sansevieria cylindrica Cylindrical Snake Plant, African Spear or Spear Sansevieria
Sansevieria kirkii 'pulchra' star sansevieria
Sansevieria trifasciata snake plant, mother-in-law's tongue or Saint George's sword 
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' lemon lime, bird's nest
Schlumbergera truncata christmas cactus
Scyphularia pycnocarpa possum-tail fern
Sedum morganianum donkey's tail
Selaginella  spikemoss
Selenicereus grandiflorus Large-flowered Cactus, Sweet-Scented Cactus or Vanilla Cactus
Setcreasea palliisa Purple heart
Sinningia sellovii  
Solenostemon scutellarioides coleus
Spathiphyllum   Spath or peace lilies.
Stapelia gigantea carrion plant
Streptocarpella saxorum African violet
Talinum paniculatum fameflower, Jewels-of-Opar
Thelocactus bicolor glory of Texas
Theobroma cacao cacao tree and cocoa tree
Tillandsia  air plant
Tradescantia pallida purple secretia, purple-heart and purple queen
Tradescantia sillamontana  
Tradescantia zebrina wandering jew
Uebelmannia buiningii  
Vacheillia hindsii (formerly Acacia)  acacia, thorntree, whistling thorn, or wattle,
Vanilla planifolia vanilla orchid
Xerosicyos decaryi  
Yucca baccata datil yucca or banana yucca
Zamia furfuracea cardboard cycad
Zingiber officinale ginger root