The plants displayed here are largely from tropical habitats; they need a warmer and more humid environment than can be provided outdoors. These are a small subset of the Garden’s extensive collections. We change this display regularly in order to show the great diversity in flower and leaf forms.
The orchid family (Orchidaceae) has the greatest number of species of all plant families, and is known for showy flowers, though many are small and inconspicuous. Orchids occur in a wide range of habitats all over the world. Many orchids are epiphytes, plants that grow on other plants. Epiphytes are not parasites.
Ferns are an ancient lineage of non-flowering plants that reproduce by spores. There are many families of ferns found all over the world. Ferns occur in a variety of habitats from the tropics to the desert; they can be aquatic, terrestrial or epiphytic.
Carnivorous plants are not from closely related plant families, but we group them together because of their fascinating ability to capture and consume animals. Carnivory in plants may have evolved as a means to colonize nutrient-poor environments. They are found all over the world in bogs, fens, and other moist habitats. The carnivorous plants on display show a variety of traps and forms.