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Quito Botanical Garden

Listed under Botanical Gardens in Quito, Ecuador.

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The garden includes plants that have adapted to the harsh climate of the high Andes, as well as tropical plants that are bountiful in the lush cloud and rain forests. The garden includes representations of the following ecosystems: the moorlands or paramos of the high Andes, the cloud forest, the dry forest, the damps of the highlands, Inca garden, bromeliad garden, palm garden, and orchid displays. More than 1,200 orchid species and a number of hybrids are exhibited in "Crystal Palaces" inside the botanical garden. These palaces occupy an area of 800 square meters. One palace holds altitude orchids and the other tropical species. In Ecuador, one of each four plant species is an orchid. In one hectare of the Ecuadorian tropical rain forest there are more than 350 plant species, a true world record! Ecuador holds approximately 17.000 plant species, more than the whole European continent. The medicine that has saved the most lives in the world was discovered in an Ecuadorian plant, the "cascarilla".

This botanical garden is a joy to wander through and I encourage you to visit it, if you are in Quito.  A joy to discover by you!

Read Donna's full review on the icangarden website.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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