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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 March 13, 2020

Kerriodoxa elegans (White Elephant Palm)

palm tree

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Begonia 'Snowcap' (Begonia)

pink flowers, leaves with white spots

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Brownea ariza (Ariza)

large, bright red flower clusters

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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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Musa itinerans var. guangdongensis (Burmese Blue Banana)

look up to see fruit starting to form on this tall banana species

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Clerodendrum × speciosum (Java Glory Bean)

bright red flower clusters followed by bright pink calyx

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Calliandra haematocephala 'Alba' (White Powderpuff)

large white powderpuff shaped flowers

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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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Zingiber spectabile 'Singapore Gold' (Ginger)

yellow cones forming

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Manilkara roxburghiana

fruit maturing high in the tree canopy

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Mangifera indica 'Carrie' (Mango)

flowers in tree and a few fruit forming in canopy

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Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveler's Tree)

look at the size of the individual leaves

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Begonia coccinea 'Pink Shasta' (Angel Wing Begonia)

light pink flowers

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Heliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican'

bright red lobster claw flowers at ground level

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Vriesea 'Cool Moss'

potted plant with white horizontal variegated leaves, flower spike

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Saraca thaipingensis (Yellow Saraca)

red and orange flower clusters

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Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder)

yellow flowers

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Euphorbia punicea (Vegetable Leather)

bright red-orange bracts on relative of Poinsettia.

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Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower)

bright red, orange and yellow flower clusters

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Hibiscus schizopetalus (Fringed Rosemallow)

reddish flowers with fringed petals

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Ixora 'Maui Sunset' (Jungle Flame)

yellow flower clusters

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Paliavana prasinata

yellow-green waxy flowers

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Freycinetia cumingiana

orange flowers with parts in 3's

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Justicia spicigera (Mexican Honeysuckle)

orange flower clusters

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Carica papaya unknown cultivar (Papaya)

pale yellow flowers and green fruit turn orange when ripe

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Costus barbatus (Spiral Ginger)

red bracts with yellow flowers

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Chrysophyllum cainito (Star Apple)

forming fruit is green, maturing to dark purplish-black

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Russelia sarmentosa (Coral Plant)

red tubular flowers in clusters

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Handroanthus impetiginosus (Pink Trumpet Tree)

pink flowers in canopy of tree, best viewed from west end of Conservatory

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Jatropha integerrima (Peregrina)

red flowers in small clusters

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Psychotria kirkii (Nodule-leaved Bird Berry)

small white flowers develop into red fruit

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Ficus aspera (Clown Fig)

small fig fruits forming along stems

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Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop Plant)

yellow bracts with white flowers

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Rondeletia leucophylla (Coral Pink Rondeletia)

bright pink clusters of small flowers on medium-sized shrub

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Plinia cauliflora (Brazilian Grapetree)

Edible shiny black fruit along stems of small tree in corner

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Philodendron 'Moonlight' (Philodendron)

bright pink spathe with white spadix

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Tapeinochilos ananassae (Indonesian Wax Ginger)

red spikes with yellow flowers

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Heliconia 'Pedro Ortiz' (Heliconia)

dark red lobster claws

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Plumeria sp. (Frangipani)

white flowers in canopy of tree, most viewable from balcony

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Calliandra haematocephala (Red Powderpuff)

tree with red powerpuff flowers

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima 'Compton' (Paradise Flower)

bright pink and orange flower clusters high in the canopy

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Medinilla speciosa

pink rounded fruit on shrub

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Aphelandra sinclairiana (Coral Aphelandra)

orange and pink flower spikes

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Ipomoea carnea (Gloria de la Manana)

mauve pink flowers vining on arbor

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Thunbergia mysorensis (Clock Vine)

bright red and yellow flowers hang from the arbor

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Cochliostema velutinum

purple flowers, close to pond

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Platycerium grande (Staghorn Fern)

fern on palm trunk

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Poison Dart Frogs (Garden Features)

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

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