|Green Euphorbia flowers|
This conservatory was built in 2003 and has two distinct environments, the spiny Madagascar desert and the Costa Rican rain forest.
The first room you come to, is the Madagascar desert room.
As I started into the room I was met by an assortment of gorgeous plants.... and then as I looked to the left what should I see but these ENORMOUS cockroaches!!!!! Yikes!!!! Thank goodness they were behind glass!
|Pandanus or screw pine|
There were two "dead stick" plants hanging from the rocky walls. Euphorbia platycada and Cynanchum marnierianum. Their way of not being eaten by hungry animals is to resemble something that is already dead. I have both of these plants in my collection at home. Love them!
|Cynanchum marnierianum blooms|
Also, in this room, are many different Euphorbias. Many of the plants in this room have a dormancy period. Most have no leaves at this time but as the Spring progresses they will wake up and grow leaves.
The picture below is the plant that the flowers on the left are from. I can't believe I even saw them. I was bending down taking a picture of another plant and saw these tiny flowers.
|Cliffs holding many diverse plants|
|Pachypodium lamerei -right Euphorbia millii-top|
|Euphorbia millii spilling down the cliff|
|Faux Baobab tree|
|A panoramic view of one side of the room.|
|Baobab tree Andansonia digitata|
The young Baobab trees do not resemble their mature counterparts.
Another caudex forming plant is the Adenia firingalavensis.
Below are the flowers of the Adenia.
They even have animals in this conservatory. This is a radiated tortoise. They also have a hedgehog and a chameleon that is roaming free, but I never saw it.
This Euphorbia didierioides looks like it must be dead, but it isn't. It will wake up soon and grow all new leaves.
|Close up of the Alluaudia|
The last plant I want to share is the Alluaudia. It is a very thorny plant with little leaves completely covering it. When it is dormant all the leaves fall off, but also grow back in the Spring.
I may never get to Madagascar, (and if those hissing cockroaches are roaming free, I'm not sure I want to) but I felt I got a little closer by visiting this conservatory. It was beautiful and the plants amazing.