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The Botanical Garden of Victoria

Listed under Gardens in Seychelles.

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Despite being known mostly for beaches and tropical oceans, the Seychelles have rather lush green interiors with plenty of interesting plant diversity, quite exotic to most Western eyes.

A botanical garden of these local wonders is certainly the best setting in which to take proper notice of them (away from the distracting blue and yellow hues of the ocean.). Around 500 different species make up The Botanical Garden of Victoria’s collection which was begun at the turn of the 20th Century, as well as the local contingent there are many other regional curiosities including over 50 different kinds of palm - six of which only grow in the Seychelles, including the sexy Coco de Mer palm - and a veritable feast of fruit trees which attract a sweeping host of insect and bird life, as well as a big colony of chattering fruit bats which hang smelly and languid in the trees all day.

A highlight for many will be the orchid house, housing an outlandish array of both endemic and exotic varieties.

Written by  Ted Harper.

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