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The past 2 years I made several visits to the conservatories of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium where 10.000 (!) plant and tree species originating from the tropics and the subtropics are growing in the greenhouses over there.
Thanks to the warm and moist climate in the conservatories and the intensive maintenance, it’s really amazing what an immense great variety of exotic flowers from all over the world can be seen there, even in the cold winter season !
Flowers whose natural habitat is situated in the rainforest, the mountain forest, isolated islands, deserts, etc……. Places that most of us will never or seldom visit.
Some of the flowers are very rare, extremely colourful or specially shaped.
Others were introduced in Europe by men and became a cultivated species or ornamental houseplant.
I selected the –to my personal taste- 20 most beautiful flowers I saw there and made a series of them.
I shall always give the official latin name, the country of origin and if it exists, also the English, Dutch and German name.
wow!! very intense indeed – almost fluourescent! the things they do to get the insects' attention ; ))… like their long, stick-like shape a lot, and the yellow "collar" looks lovely! a very "fruity" color combination – it makes me want to try and eat them ; ))…beautiful shot of a species i've never seen before! greetings, sabine.