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The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory houses plants from tropical regions from around the world. Over 750 unique taxa (types of plants) are grown in the 11,000 square foot conservatory that first opened in 1966. Many of these plants have ethnobotanical purposes in their native region. Popular food plants, such as chocolate (Theobroma cacao), papaya (Carica papaya), bananas (Musa spp.), vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia and imperialis) and strawberry guava (Psidium spp.) flower and fruit in the conservatory. The conservatory and the adjacent Marnie's Pavilion also house a palm and bromeliad collection. You can also view more tropical specimens via the Orangery windows into the collection greenhouses.

Updated July 21, 2022

Poison Dart Frogs (Garden Features)

How many dart frogs you can find in the terrariums? There is a terrarium near both the lower and upper level entrances.

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Posoqueria latifolia (Needle Flower Tree)

white flower clusters, individual flowers with long floral tubes; flowers best viewed from balcony

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Norantea guianensis (Red Hot Poker Vine)

orange flower spikes at top of banyan tree, best viewed from upper balcony or path by lower main entrance

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Kerriodoxa elegans (White Elephant Palm)

palm tree

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Theobroma cacao (Cacao)

The chocolate tree is in flower and fruit almost year-round. The fruit are ripe when they turn yellow.

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Ixora 'Nora Grant'

bright pink flower clusters on tall shrub

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Hamelia patens (Scarlet Bush)

tree with bright orange flowers in small clusters in canopy, best viewed from steps to deck

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Odontonema strictum (Firespike)

red flowers in elongated spikes

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Jatropha integerrima (Peregrina)

bright red flowers in clusters

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Hibiscus 'Snow Flake'

bright red flowers towards conservatory south wall

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Psychotria kirkii (Nodule-leaved Bird Berry)

small white flowers develop into red fruit

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Chrysophyllum cainito (Star Apple)

both light green and dark-colored, overly mature fruit can be seen in canopy of this large tree.

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Costus barbatus (Spiral Ginger)

red bracts with yellow flowers

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Justicia spicigera (Mexican Honeysuckle)

orange rounded flower clusters with tubular flowers

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Carica papaya unknown cultivar (Papaya)

pale yellow flowers and green fruit turn orange when ripe

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Mussaenda philippica 'Dona Aurora' (Bangkok Rose)

Poinsettia relative with large white bracts

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Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower)

bright red, orange and yellow flower clusters

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Vriesea 'Cool Moss'

potted plant with white horizontal variegated leaves, flower spike

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Jatropha multifida (Coral Plant)

small bright red flowers in rounded clusters; bright green palmate leaves

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Begonia coccinea 'Pink Shasta' (Angel Wing Begonia)

light pink flowers

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Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveler's Tree)

look at the size of the individual leaves on this tall relative of bird-of-paradise

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Chrysothemis pulchella (Beautiful Chrysothemis)

golden yellow flowers with bright red flares on petals blooming out of bright orange calyxes in rounded clusters

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Thunbergia mysorensis (Clock Vine)

hanging clusters of red and yellow flowers

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