South African room

This room houses a collection of South African plants as well as species that grow in conditions similar to the subtropical climate of South Africa. There is often a pungent, onion-like smell in the room. Southern Africa is famous for its bulbous flowers, and is home to agapanthus, gladioli and belladonna lilies.

This room also features several bird-pollinated plants, such as the crane flower (Strelitzia reginae) growing in the central bed of the room. Bird-pollinated plants are often sturdy, dramatic in appearance, and produce a great deal of nectar. In its native territory in South Africa, the crane flower is pollinated by sunbirds (Nectariniidae).

Get to know the plants in this room:

The wollemi pine, in the center of the picture, is considered to be the world’s rarest tree species. Crane flowers grow behind the wollemi pine.
The South African room
The shape of the crane flowers resemble a flying bird or a bird with a colorful crest.