The Conservatory of the Kyoto Botanical Garden covers around 50,000 square feet and displays some 25,000 specimens of 4,500 species. The building was completed in 1992. The Conservatory includes plants from diversified environments based on the climate description below.
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Staurochilus luchuensis is a type of orchid that grows on the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.
Lady’s slipper orchids.
Lady’s slipper orchids – a closer view.
Malaysian orchid plants.
Various potted orchids on a wall.
Potted orchids on the ground.
Orchids are very attractive – and somewhat mysterious – flowers.
Orchids cover a vast range of colors.
Orchids can also have strange shapes. Tongue orchid (bulbophyllum fletcherianum). A rare orchid from New Guinea.
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is a rare orchid from Indonesia. Leaves can reach 4 feet long.
Lindley’s dendrobium are found in the mountains of southern China and southeast Asia.
OTHER FLOWERS – White
Variegated shell ginger (alpinia zerumbet variegata) is native to India.
The flower spikes are quite showy and they are popular in various parts of the world.
No name white flowers.
White fluffy balls.
Looks very soft to the touch.
The Rangoon Creeper (quisqualis indica) is also called ‘Drunken Sailor’ can reach 40 feet long.
A Rangoon creeper white bloom. In this conservatory, the plant was allowed to grow horizontally along the walkway.
In spite of its name, snowbush (Breynia nivosa) is a tropical shrub.
OTHER FLOWERS – Yellow, orange
Saraca palembanica (or asoca) (sorrowless tree) is from India and is important in the culture and religion of that country.
Large cluster of orange flowers.
Ixora Bangkok Beauty is an evergreen shrub plant native to the Malaysian jungle.
Malvaviscus penduliflorus is part of the Malva family (as the name implies) but is also called ‘sleeping hibiscus). It has its origin from Mexico.
Stifftia chrysantha is a shrub native to Brazil.
A yellow ‘blooming’ bromeliad.
The rattlesnake plant (or shaker or ginger) (latin: calathea crotalifera) is native to Mexico, Central and South America.
OTHER FLOWERS – Red, pink
The chenille plant (acalypha hispida) comes from Oceania. It is a popular house plant.
Cardinal’s Guard (Odontonema strictum) has many different names in English (Firespike, scarlet flame) and is from Mexico.
This corytoplectus speciosus is from South America.
The leaves are hairy and grow in a one-way direction.
Unidentified pink flowers.
This one is the Ixora Summer Fresh.
Delicate red trumpet-like flowers.
The guzmania plant is a member of the Bromeliad family.
OTHER FLOWERS – Blue, purple
No name curved blue flowers on a large spike. Quite showy.
Purple flowers that were starting to open.
This flower has a unique name: ‘yesterday-today-tomorrow’ (brunfelsia pauciflora) because the flowers open purple, then turn lavender, and then white. Native to Brazil.
DESERT AND SAVANNAH PLANTS
This very strange plant is a welwitschia mirabilis and is endemic to the Namib desert of Africa. It is a ‘living fossil’.
A white-blooming long, skinny cactus.
Some of the cacti in that part of the Conservatory.
Various sizes and types of cacti.
This part is very ‘desert’ like.
Fruit from an aloe-like plant.
Elephant’s ear plant – the trunk.
Elephant’s ear plant – the leaves.
The trunk of the Abyssinian spurge (abyssinia euphorbia) has nice curly – but spiny – edges.
Abyssinian spurge : close up of the curly edges.
Euphorbia tithymaloides has more than two dozen common names. It’s native to South America.
Some plants have climbed in the ceiling frame and are showing red blooms.
Spider-like red striped flowers.
Some plants in the Conservatory have grown high enough – like this cactus – that they are reaching the roof.
The gum plant (dioon spinulosum) is a cycad native to Mexico.
Various types of palm leaves.
Sanseviera plants in pots and cacti.
Staghorn is a type of fern. It is epiphytic and is native to the Southern hemisphere.
TREES AND VINES
The ant tree (triplaris cumingiana) owes its name to the fact that its lower hollow branches are inhabited by stinging ants.
The climbing pandanus (freycinetia multiflora) is from the Philippines. It has unusually shaped orange flowers and is grown as a house plant.
Thunbergia mysorensis (Mysore trumpetvine) can reach 30 feet and is found in India.
Another type of thunbergia. This one is the ‘vogeliana’.
Bignonia magnifica is a flowering vine from Columbia.
Rose of Venezuela (Brownea ariza) is a small compact tree but with spectacular flowers.
Here’s another type of Rose of Venezuela (brownea grandiceps).
Mascarena palm flowers.
Palm tree fruit.
The fruit of the garcinia are a good food source for animals.
Ficus auriculata is a fig tree from Asia.
The ruffled fan palm (licuala grandis) is native to Vanuatu. It is popular as a container plant.
The Madagascar palm (pachypodium lamerei) is not a palm but part of the dogbane family.
The Madagascar palm is easy to propagate and produces fragrant flowers.
Aiphanes – spiny palm. The spines are clearly visible.
Mangroves are essential to moderate the impact of storms and tsunamis.
Some aquatic plants were displayed in aquariums.
Other aquatic plants.
Some of those plants are probably popular with aquarium lovers.