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Palm house (hall B)

In the palm house, slender palm trees overgrown by lush green Araceae set the stage for this realistic example of a tropical jungle.

With only a few flowering plants but a great diversity in the plants' shapes and sizes, the palm house invites you to linger a while. Its pleasant microclimate combined with the tall vegetation leave the powerful impression of a tropical rain forest.

Palm trees are characteristic of tropical rain forests. Their slender soaring trunks emphasise the lofty heights of the greenhouse. Compared to other trees, palms do not grow in diameter and reach their final circumference early in their lives. They will only increase in height. Their flowers are mostly plain and small and most of them are pollinated by the wind. However, the shapes of their often huge palm fronds vary greatly. From almost circular, fan-like leaves to pinnate fronds many meters long - the variety of palm leaf shapes is almost endless.

The traveller's tree (Ravenala madagascariensis) forms a palm-like trunk.

The fruit of many palm trees are used by man, for example coconuts or dates. The largest seed of the plant kingdom belongs to the Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) and weighs up to 18 kg. The leaves and stalks of many palm species provide fibres utilised predominantly by the natives.

Screw palm (Pandanus)
The flowers of the rare Aristolochia arborea attract mushroom gnats.

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