Hamilton Gardens Greenhouse; The Jungle

New Zealand is full of amazing botanic gardens. I have seen at least one in almost every sizable city that I have been through. Even more impressive is that almost all of them have enough variety in their collections to keep me guessing. I never really know what I’m going to see when I visit a new one. One of the more awesome botanic gardens that I’ve seen here is Hamilton Gardens, in Hamilton of course. The coolest part of the gardens was a small section enclosed in glass… the greenhouse!

Very little in the greenhouse has labels, so you pretty much have to just enjoy it without knowing what you are looking at. Like many good greenhouses, Hamilton Garden’s greenhouse is divided into moist and dry wings. This post is just about the moist, humid and dark wing of the greenhouse. I’ll call it The Jungle. Having been to many jungles, I can confidently say that this wing fits the description perfectly.

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Don’t you just hate it when you can see straight to the end of something in the garden? Hamilton Garden greenhouses do a great job of NOT doing that.
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No idea what it is, but it looks neat!
banana leaves
My favorite plant, possibly. Bananas!
banana hands
Little green bananas, probably not very good tasting. Which might be why they are still in the greenhouse within reach.
coffea arabica closeup
Coffea of some sort. Arabica? Canephora? Who knows.
cycad
NOID cycad.
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Where does the pathway lead? El Dorado, or the exit?
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Curculigo spp
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Looks like an Anthurium of some sort.
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Obligatory terrestrial bromeliad planting.
philodendron burgundy
Philodendron ‘Burgundy’
philodendron monstera
Old faithful, Philodendron monstera.
sanseveria sea
A sea of Sanseveria trifasciata. Almost a weed here, it pops up all over the greenhouse.
schefflera leaves
Schefflera
synadenium grantii rubra w flash
Synadenium grantii ‘Rubra’… looking like it has grown up in bright sunlight. Odd, because there is almost no light that gets to where it is growing. Maybe high iron fertilizer?

Next is the dry wing. I’m sure I won’t be amiss if I call it The Desert.

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