Jardin de Aclimacion de la Orotava

Botanical Gardens, Puerto de la Cruz

Holly & I visited on Wednesday 19th February 2014 with Lorna, Peter, Sara & Josh. I took most photographs.

Holly & I returned on Tuesday 25th February to take note of the names of the plants and holly took most photographs


Don Alonso de Nava Grimon, Marques de Villanueva Prado, founder and director of the Garden.1788-1832

Statue of Don Alonso with a tree Brahea Armato from Mexico in the background


View of the entrance from inside looking out.


Codiaeum variegatum   Pacific Islands

Anthurium Andreanum       Colombia.    Also called   flamingo flower


Monstera deliciosa "albo variegata"

Pteris eretica     Mediterrenean


Aechmea aquilega   Costa Rica




Aechmea Pineliana    Brazil


Phoenix canariensis


Lepidozamia peroffskyana   Cycad   Eastern Austrailia

Staghorn fern



Sphaeropteris cooperi   Australia



Ficus macrophylla Australia    (with bromelliads)

Ceiba pentandra     Tropical America

Roldana petasitis Mexico

Vriesea platymeris  Argentina



Lorna in awe of the old ficus tree



The gardens are very well maintained and are excellent value at €3 entrance fee.









Bird of Paradise Flower, Streletizia, Leafless Streletizia

Pollinated by birds feet







 Brugmansia, common names - Datura - Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples.


 Encephalartos Laurentianus Zamiaceae       Angola, Zaire















Pachystachys coccinea    Antilles


Heliconia  Wagneriana 



The large pool is found at the top of the steps past the begonias. The large tree is a Cupressus Benthamii from Mexico

Red Eared Slider sunbathing.        This terrapin is called red eared for obvious reasons but it  is called slider because when disturbed whilst sunbathing it slides into the water.

     Cyperus papyrus.


 It was used to make paper in ancient Egypt, and the reeds have been used for raft building.

The adventurer Thor Heyerdahl built boats from papyrus. He sailed one from Morocco to Barbados. A full size model this boat can be seen at Guimar Pyramids.


 Sansevieria  Mother-in-law's tongue









This tree from Madagascar commonly called the screw pine is not a pine and its proper name is Pandanus Utilis.

It is called screw pine because its leaves grow in a spiral fashion and leave marks on the trunk bark.



        'It has been shown to have many uses. In coastal areas, it has been used for erosion control due to its numerous aerial roots. These roots help bind the sand dunes along the coast from eroding water and wind. The leaves of P. utilis are used in different cultures for thatching and the production of numerous materials. In areas like Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius, the leaves are used to make ropes, baskets, mats, hats, place mats, nets, thatched roofs for homes and even paper. The waxy covering over the leaves makes them especially attractive for baskets and roofs with their natural water-resistant surface. The fruits form a starchy food and can be eaten after cooked.'    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia









 Pachystachys lutea acanthaceae       Ecuador



Aechmea fasciata Bromeliaceae Pinuela       Brazil     

 Aechmea distichantra     Brazil & Argentina

 Aechmea Pineliana     Brazil

Aloe Maculata      S. Africa

Calliandra Haematocephala     Bolivia

 The powder puff tree.



Alpina zerumbet flor concha     Oriental Asia

Commonly called Ginger




 Blechnum brasilliense     South America

Cycas Revoluta       Japan. 

The common name is Japanese sago palm. It is one of the any plants use to produce sago. It is very slow growing but is also used as an ornamental plant.

The flower in the centre of the plant is feminine. The male flowers are a distinctively different shape.  All parts of the plant are very poisonous but the pith is used to make sago 


Ficus Auriculata

Also known as the Roxburgh Fig or Elephant Ear Fig on account of its big round leaves. The figs are edible and the leaves are used for fodder.


Ixora coccinea      Sri Lanka  Also goes under the names of      jungle geranium, flame of the woods, and jungle flame.


Handxroanthus serratifolius


Syzygium jambos       S.E. Asia

Duabanga sonneratioides        India

 Tibouchina Granulosa          Bolivia

 Vriesea Hieroglyphica         Brazil





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