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Climate Zones

Both our tropical and arid climate zones house a fabulous range of unusual plants from around the world.

Waterfall
Spiky ball
Red leaf image
Cactus with rocks
Yellow flower
Smooth cactus
Trees
Hairy cactus
Leafy plant
Waterfall
Spiky ball
Red leaf image
Cactus with rocks
Yellow flower
Smooth cactus
Trees
Hairy cactus
Leafy plant

As well as exotic fruits discover how other luxurious food is grown, including cocoa, vanilla and coffee which are all on display. It's not just food - learn where perfume, rubber and soap get their roots from - literally!

There are also beautiful flowers and unique desert plants such as the century plant which blooms every 100 years and provides the ingredients for tequila.

Arid Climate
The area has been set up to show you what it's like for plants in the desert.

Deserts cover almost 10% of the land surface of our planet and are defined as "areas receiving less than 25 cms of rainfall a year". In the Arid Climate house, you will find the Century Plant which is an Agave from the deserts of America and blooms every 100 years - ours is still a young plant and hasn't flowered before. You can also see the Aloe vera plant, which originated in the tropical forest areas of Africa, and has been adapted by man to grow in the arid regions of America and other countries.

 

Tropical Climate
This zone is a small slice of a tropical rainforest.

Despite covering only 6% of the land surface of the planet, more than half of all the known species of plants and animals are to be found in this disappearing habitat.
The Spotted Dumb Cane Plant is from Brazil - the sap contains a poison irritant that swells the tongue and can cause speechlessness -  hence the name!
The Paw Paw (Carica papaya) Central America & Brazil,  is one of the most frequently cultivated fruit trees in the tropics, often planted on small farms for the farmers own use. The protein splitting enzyme papain obtained from the sap is used medicinally in cases of weak digestion and also as a meat tenderiser.

Cocoa,Theobroma cacao.Central America, Trinidad and Guyana.
Theobroma means "food of the gods". Cocoa seeds were held in high esteem by the Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. At the beginning of the sixteenth century they were the basis of the monetary system in Mexico and for a long time served as coinage within the distribution area of the plant. Cocoa was known in Europe as a drink as early as the 17th Century.

Today, cocoa trees are grown in tropical countries all over the world and recent research has confirmed that chocolate can be very beneficial to health and wellbeing!

The Tropical environment is the best for many species of orchid.

 

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