Saturday, 3 March 2012

Canada Trip Day 26: Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton

8 July 2010 - This was our last day in Edmonton and also the second last day of our entire Canada trip. Mum's friend took us to the Muttart Conservatory. I'm impressed by the large varieties of plants in a not-so-large conservatory made up of four glass pyramids. I particularly love the showcase on the different types of cacti. I wish the labelling can be more complete. There are some plants which were without labels and I did to do a good bit of investigation online before I stumble upon them. To be fair, I came across a very interesting term, inflorescence and there are so many types in the way the flowers of plants are arranged while trying to find the names of the plants. It's amazing to actually see the physical appearances of the plants which we only know by name on bottles and packaging of shampoos, lotions, soaps and so forth.

Stone engravings on the wall at Muttart Conservatory 

Mermaid lying on a bed of flowers - Muttart Conservatory 

Witch Hazel

Mexican Orange - Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

Lotus corniculatus "Plenus" Bird's Foot Trefoil

Dragon Mouth (Horminum pyrenaicum) Europe

Woolly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) Asia

Maidenhair Tree (Gingko biloba)

Sleeping lady sculpted from moss, Gaia Mother Earth

Common Fig (Ficus carica)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis): An interesting fact is the chemistry of jojoba oil is similar to that of sperm whale oil but cannot handle the high temperatures to be a replacement of the latter, as a lubricant for machinery.

Moonstones (Pachyphytum oviferum) North America
Kangaroo Paws (Anigosanthos sp.) Pacifica

Elephant Foot Tree (Beaucarnea recurvata) North America

Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum): Its bark was used to make tea in El Salvador to treat diabetes and floral tea can be made for gastrointestinal ailments.

Woolly Rose (Echeveria 'Doris Taylor') North America

Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) North America

Bishop's Cap (Astrophytum myriostigma) North America

Blue Chopsticks (Senecio serpens) Africa

African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona) Africa

Aloe burgersfortensis Africa

Aeonium arboreum 'Schwarzkopf' Africa

Sisal Hemp (Agave sisalana) : Interestingly, this plant was extracted by Mayans and Aztees to weave the sisal fibers into rough garments.

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) Africa

Corkscrew (Euphorbia mammilaris) Africa

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) North America

Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria) Africa

Dwarf Coral Tree (Erythrina Zeyheri) Africa

Agave Americana 'Marginata' (Century Plant) North America

Peruvian Apple (Cereus peruvianus) South America

Totem pole cactus (Lophocereus Schottii 'Monstrosus') North America

Silver Torch (Cleistocactus Strausii) South America

Borzicactus sampipatanus South America

Joseph's coat cactus (Opuntia vulgaris 'Variegata') North America

Costus barbatus

Pachystachys lutea
Different types of cactus in one of the pyramid rooms

Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum Camphora) Asia

Coffee (Coffea arabica) Africa - I love this coffee!

Calamondin (Citrofortunella mitis)

Fancy-leaved caladium (Caladium X humboldtii)

Rex Begonia (Begonia X rex-cultorum) leaf and flowers (pink petals, yellow stamens)


Aechmea fasciata 'Silver Vase'

Queen Sago Palm (Cycas circinalis) flower: How beautiful are these golden and regal looking flowers

Queen Sago Palm (Cycas circinalis)

Snow Banana (ensete glaucum) Asia

Purple orchid

Spider Orchid - patterned petals brown and yellow; purple labellum
 A type of Cholla tree

Spines of a cactus plant

Barrel cacti; two species; two barrel cactus on top of another species with finer spines

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