Palm House

PALM FAMILY
(Arecaceae)
Palms are emblematic of the warm moist tropics, and are almost unique among flowering plants in that they form large trees with sturdy, unbranched trunks (despite lacking true wood-forming secondary growth). Most striking are the gigantic corrugated leaves that provide a huge photosynthetic surface, yet remain mechanically strong.

CYCADS 
(Cycadaceae, Zamiacaea)
Cycads are primitive non-flowering seed plants (gymnosperms) that flourished across much of the earth’s surface during the Triassic and Jurassic eras ~ 250 -125 million years ago.  Today, there are just  ~ 150 species remaining in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas, Africa and Asia. They are distinguished by their palm-like  appearance and cone-bearing separate sexes.

GNETACEA

OTHER HORTICULTURAL AND EDIBLE TROPICAL PLANTS