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Carnivorous plants - the pavilion D

Very few botanical gardens possess such a comprehensive display of carnivorous plants. This ecologically defined group of plants is represented in the wild by only 500 species approximately. These plants originate from differing parts of the world and differing climates and belong also to plant families that are almost unrelated to one another. Their cultivation presents a difficult problem for the gardener. Some of the plants belong to the most difficult species in the collections of the Botanical Garden and certain species represented are the most rare plant species on our planet.

Sarracenia flava Sarracenia flava The exhibition from above. The exhibition from above. Nepenthes ampullaria cv. William's Red Nepenthes ampullaria cv. William's Red

The pavilion of carnivorous plants therefore is not only a very popular tourist attraction but also represents a group of plant species, which attracted an extraordinary amount of interest among scientists. It was no coincidence that the famous Charles Darwin devoted his most comprehensive work, "Insectivorous plants" (London, 1875) solely to the carnivorous plants, although his other work “The origin of species by means of natural selection” became more important.

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