RIO DE JANEIRO BOTANICAL GARDENS

Rio de Janeiro had an excellent and very large botanical garden. Plants from all over Brazil (plus some other parts of the world) were represented here, and most were well labeled. The gardens included some preserved Mata Atlantica, though some non-native species had spread into the forest (especially jackfruit). The gardens had some excellent palms, especially royal palms, and some good views.

First...to some general views in the garden, including one with Corcovado and Cristo Redentor in the background...



Another view...



Some very large (and numerous) royal palms in the garden...



More royal palms...



A hillside with preserved Mata Atlantica (including a late-blooming and non-native pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia rosea) and native barriguda tree (Cavanillesia umbellata)...



Blooms on a barriguda (Cavanillesia umbellata)...



Trunk of the barriguda...



An urucuri palm (Attalea phalerata) with huge fronds (native to the Amazon region)...



A clumping palm also native to the Amazon region, the maraja (Bactris concinna)...



Murumuru palm (Astrocaryum murumuru), also from the Amazon...



A mixture of palms in the garden...



A native arara-nut tree (Joannesia heveoides) with huge (albeit non-edible) fruits!



A Ficus native to Brazil, Ficus glabra...



A neat heliconia (Heliconia metallica)...



A tree closely related to the honey locust (of the US), the coronda (Gleditsia amorphoides), native to various parts of South America, including southern Brazil.



Now a couple orchids...the first one is (probably) Vanda teres (native to SE Asia, not Brazil, but still nice)...



Not sure what kind of orchid this is...



Some jackfruits growing on a trunk in the gardens. This tree isn't native to Brazil, though it has naturalized and is common.



A crazy branched (non-native) cycad: Cycas circinalis...



Some succulents in the garden (despite very rainy summers)...



Normally, the shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea) is a small shrub--here it's a tree!



One more native tree (from the Mata Atlantica)...the sapucaia (Lecythis pisonis), a deciduous tree which was only partially leafed out. It's supposed to be magnificient when it's in bloom!



A couple of pics of a pond in the gardens (the water was a bit murky, but the arrangement of the plants around the pond was nice)...





And, finally, a forest pic from the Mata Atlantica section of the garden...



All of the above pictures on this page were taken in October 2010 by Brandt Maxwell.

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