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Audio tours of the greenhouses

At over 60 audio points you will learn interesting details about the plants thriving under tropical conditions. Arrange your own self-guided audio tour by selecting individual audio points of personal interest. Audio points are updated regularly with the latest information so you will experience new highlights all year round.

The handy electronic guides may be rented from the ticket office at the glasshouse complex during regular opening hours. The rental fee for these electronic guides is 3 Euro each, or 2.50 Euro concessions.

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The MP3 playback quality depends on the configuration of your computer and cannot be influenced by the Munich Botanical Garden.

001 Structure of the audio tour
002 Instructions for using your audio device

Large cactus house

100 Introduction: Large cactus house
101 Agave victoria-reginae
102 Echinopsis terscheckii: A typical cactus
103 Ferocactus piliferus
104 Opuntia ficus-indica: Indian fig Opuntia
105 Beaucarnea recurvata, B. stricta: Elephant’s foot
106 Gray Tillandsia: Habitat
107 Gray Tillandsia: Protective fur

Palm house

120 Introduction: Climatic conditions in the palm house
121 Cecropia: Symbiosis with ants
122 Clusia: CAM photosynthesis
123 Tetrastigma: Lianas
124 Dendrocalamus giganteus: Growth of the giant bamboo
125 Washingtonia: The palms
126 Howea forsteriana: Island endemism
127 Epipremnum pinnatum: Mature leaf forms
128 Aristolochia arborea

Africa and Madagascar house

140 Introduction: Africa and Madagascar house
141 Euphorbia abyssinica, E. confinalis, E. cooperi: Convergent evolution
142 Dracaena draco: The dragon tree
143 Pachypodium lamerei: Thick-footed succulents
144 Aloe ferox: The healing power of Aloe

Orchid house

160 Introduction: The wide world of orchids
161 What are Epiphytes?
162 Orchids: Reproduction by seeds
163 Perfume orchids: Scent as reward
164 Orchids: Aerial roots with Velamen radicum
165 Crescentia: Epiphyte host trees

Economic plant house

180 Introduction: Economic plant house
181 Guaiacum officinale: The wood of life
182 Cinnamomum verum: Spicy bark
183 Musa × paradisiaca: Well-travelled fruit
184 Saccharum officinarum: Sweet grass
185 Carica papaya: Tropical tenderizer
186 Vanilla planifolia: The spice orchid
187 Theobroma cacao: The food of the gods

Victoria house (summer)

200 Introduction: The climate in the Victoria house
201 Victoria: Reproduction and growth
202 Victoria: Pollination
203 How do plants float?
204 Nelumbo nucifera: Self-cleaning plants (the Lotus effect)
205 Nymphaea lotus: Geographical distribution
206 Chamaecrista: Vibration pollination

Victoria house (winter)

400 Introduction: Victoria house
401 Eucalyptus globulus: Tasmanian blue gum
402 Acacia dealbata: Silver wattle
403 Cistus: Rockrose
404 Arbutus unedo: Strawberry tree

Aquatic plant house

220 Introduction: Concept of the aquatic plant house
221 Care of the aquariums
222 Mangroves: Adaptive mechanisms
223 Mangrove pond: The labyrinth fish
224 Cyperus papyrus: Use in ancient Egypt
225 Pistia, Azolla, Salvinia: Buoyant hair
230 Butterflies: Where do they come from?
231 Butterflies: Life cycle
232 Passion flowers and heliconid butterflies

Carnivore house

240 Introduction: The ecology of carnivorous plants

Small succulent house

260 Introduction: Small succulent house
261 Welwitschia mirabilis – A living fossil
262 Lithops: Living rocks
263 Cyphostemma juttae

Mexico house

280 Introduction: Mexico house
281 Myrtillocactus geometrizans: Bilberry cactus
282 Echinocactus grusonii: Common, yet endangered

Bromeliad and aroid house

300 Introduction: Bromeliads and aroids as epiphytes
301 Tank bromeliads: Water conservation
302 Tank bromeliads: Nutritional supplements
303 Anthurium gracile: Ant gardens
304 Bromeliads in bloom: Pollination
305 Monstera: A hemi-epiphyte
306 Myrmecodia: Symbiosis with ants
307 Cochliostema: Tank epiphyte

Cycad house

320 Introduction: Geographic distribution of cycads
321 Cycads: Plants from ancient times
322 Cycads in bloom
323 Cycas revoluta, C. circinalis: Cycads as a source of food
324 Zamia furfuracea: Species protection
325 Araucaria excelsa: Determined cuttings
326 Ficus pumila: Mature leaf forms

Tree fern house

340 Introduction: Mountain rain forest biotope
341 Cyathea: Tree fern habitats
342 Cibotium regale: Furry fern
343 Angiopteris angustifolia: Living fossil
344 Dicksonia antarctica, D. sellowiana
345 Root coat of the tree ferns
346 Epiphytic heathers
347 Columnea: Goldfish plant
348 Rhipsalis: Epiphytic cacti

Potted plants (summer)

360 Solanaceae: Anthers with pores
361 Fuchsia
362 Natural pest control
363 Pelargonium: Fragrant leaves

Cold house (winter)

420 Introduction: Cold house
421 Camellia japonica: Camellia
422 Rhododendron simsii hybrids: Indian Azalea
423 Camellia sinensis: Tea
424 Peumus boldus: Boldo
425 Eriobotrya japonica: Loquat

Staghorn fern pavilion

380 Introduction: Staghorn fern pavilion
381 Lycopodiaceae: The clubmosses
382 Drynaria and bird’s nest ferns
383 Staghorn ferns