Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Conservatory of Flowers


March 2

The Conservatory of Flowers, located in Golden Gate Park, displays over 1,750 species of plants native to dozen of countries including Philippines, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana and many more.

The Conservatory was the first location in North America to display the exotic victoria amazonica or Amazon water lily in flower at night.

(Please click on the photo to enlarge it.)




LOWLAND TROPICS

The Imperial philodendron, Cycads and economic plants are seen here. The imperial philodendron is the largest specimen in cultivation and is over 100 years old. While Cycads are primitive plants that first appeared in the geological record about 170- 180 million years ago.


Vine, Lianas and Philodendrons




Below is a double coconut. (It looks like -ahem- hehehe.)



HIGHLAND TROPICS

Plants in this room are typically found between 3,000 and 7,000 ft elevation.









AQUATIC PLANTS

Victoria amazonica, a giant among lilies, can grow up to six feet in diameter.

Nepenthes, the Asian pitcher plants, are the only group of carnivorous plants with a vining growth habit.



Above is an Asian pitcher plant.
Below is Rice found in Southeast Asia.



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