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Stove House

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The Stove House, so called because it was originally heated by a wood stove, houses collections of orchids, bromeliads, and epiphytes. These are plants that grow on other plants. They use these plants for support only; they are not parasites.

The room is dominated by a central water tank with water lilies, rice (Oryza sativa), papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), and sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum). The water lilies are said to have bloomed without interruption for over 80 years. Hanging over the central tank are tropical pitcher plants (genus Nepenthes) and orchids.

These epiphytes are often potted in bark chips, which simulate the bark of host trees in the wild.

Cochlioda noezliana
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water lilies
Dendrobium trujillo alto

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Last updated on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.