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Tropical economic plants (house 2)

The second greenhouse on the south side is defined by its tropical diversity expressed in both the well-known as well as the little-known plants domesticated over the ages by men in different continents.

The plants predominant in the two main planting areas are tall, tree-like plantation cultivated banana, coco and papaya plants. In the elevated beds on the side low shrubs, perennials and herbs of varied origin and use have been planted.

Banana plant
Cocoa pods and flowers growing directly on the stem
Coffee cherries
Hairy cotton

Today, it would be hard to imagine life without some of the tropical plants we have domesticated. Modern ways of transport have brought exotic fruit to our doorstep that we would normally not be able to cultivate in our climate. They have become as familiar as any local produce. However, have you ever wondered what a coco tree looks like, or a pineapple plant, how sugar cane grows, where the name peanut comes from, is vanilla a plant at all? You will find answers to all these and many other questions in the Economic Plants greenhouse. In addition to the food and spice plants, you will also find there some timber trees, fibre plants and plants used for dyeing, such as mahogany, cotton and the Annatto shrub producing a red seed used for colouring.

Carica papaya

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