Wednesday, January 14, 2009

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers – Part II

Continuation of my post on the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Most of the orchids live in this room:

The tropical climate in this room creates a balmy and misty atmosphere which insisted on fogging up my camera lens time and time again. Please forgive my fuzzy photos.

The orchid cabinets are a dream, but the orchids are the real stars:

Unless you are a bromeliad fan:

This one has translucent leaves:

The Nepenthes pitcher plants were creepy, yet beautiful. A sign nearby says that these plants live in environments where the competition for food is fierce, so their leaves evolved into honey-glanded pitchers designed to capture and digest gnats, flies, or moths. But the Conservatory’s website cites that they also may capture a bird, frog or small rodent. Eek! Little Shop of Horrors!

According to the website Carl Linnaeus, he named them Nepenthes recalling Homer's Odyssey and the drug ‘Nepenthe’ that Helen of Troy poured into the soldier's wine to alleviate their sorrow and grief. Linnaeus felt the Nepenthes had a similar affect on botanists.”

Any botanists out there affected the same way?

That’s all for now, next time I will show you the artwork in this room and more plants.


paris parfait said...

Sigh. So beautiful! Those orchids! Those pitcher plants (I did see some like these in NYC once. They were scary)! Thanks for these glimpses of the magic.

Yoli said...

Exquisite! I love orchids and it is the only thing that I can grow well here in Key Largo.

Cris Piera said...

Oh these plants and flowers are so cute!

Just perfect. Thanks for sharing them :)

Regards from Barcelona!

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks for those photos. The flowers are so distinctive and the colours amazing.

Greetings from London.

Emily said...

We got some pitcher flowers in as cut flowers here at the shop this fall. We cut open the base of the flower and it was FULL of flys and bugs! DISGUSTING! And they smelled awful too. They looked cool but were so hideous we had to throw them away, we couldn't use them with a good conscience. What if they ended up on someone's buffet!! LOL

My Castle in Spain said...

oh i wish i had a green thumb and learn how to grow orchids...there are such a splendor !
thank you for the tour !

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Tara,
Pitcher plants are definitely unique. I saw some at the UC Berkeley once; they were huge and very, shall we say, "fragrant".

Dear Yoli,
Key Largo?! Lucky you! If you only had one plant to grow, orchids are a great choice. You could be unlucky and only be able to grow pitcher plants :)

Dear Cuban,
London has a wonderful botanical garden. Have you been?

Dear Jemm,
Eeeew! Great story!

Dear Lala,
Orchids are not as difficult to grow as you think. Send me an e-mail if you want some hints.

Dutchbaby said...

I meant to say "the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens". I took a phone call and got distracted. I hate how I can only do one thing at a time these days.

Relyn Lawson said...

OK. Some of those were so odd, you would think they were Fantasia come to life. So cool.

I'll have your questions to you soon. I'm so excited that you are playing along.

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming to look at as we freeze here in DC!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Patricia,
I didn't realize I was providing a public service with these tropical images. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
How did you slip in there without me noticing?

Fantasia is the perfect reference to these creepy plants. I can hear the music now, mostly bassoons and french horns.

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