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I made several visits again 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 an ornamental houseplant.
I selected the –to my personal taste- most beautiful flowers I saw there during my last year visits and will show them here.
(I shall always give the official latin name, the country of origin and if it exists, also the English, Dutch and German name)
A most gorgeous Passion Flower. With your sharp macro image it is so easy to appreciate all those exotic stamens and layers of petals. Your image is a real treat .... also inspires me to try and grow a bush again this year.