Well, these aren’t necessarily endemics, but they’re all on view at the amazing botanical “pod” Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, which we visited yesterday. It’s a HUGE greenhouse that has a rain forest tower 7 stories high, completely covered with plants. You can go to the top and walk down. I’ve never seen so many plants, and from such diverse areas of the world, in one place.
Most photos are by Melissa Chen, but I’ll start off with a few of mine. I have no IDs for mine, but Melissa does for some of them. Botanically-adept readers might identify the others. Enjoy!
A huge tower outside the complex; it’s a solar-energy collector that’s been festooned with epiphytes. This is about 8 stories high:
Cactus flower. What do you suppose pollinates this? I can guess.
This is a very weird and tiny but beautiful orchid. My finger is in there for scale:
Leucospermum cordifolium, or “pincushion”, another flower from the fynbos:
The 7-story rain forest mountain, “Cloud Mountain”, with a scary walkway at the top. The whole structure is completely covered with plants:
Another view from Wikipedia. There are artificial waterfalls cascading down from the top, and the whole thing gets misted from hidden nozzles several times a day. We were there at “misting time”, which gives the whole structure an unreal, cloudy aspect.
Back to Melissa’s photos:
The top of Cloud Mountain with the walkway down. I don’t know how they affixed all those plants to the tower, and maintenance must be difficult!