Central and South America
Palm trees, orchids and cactus
shade and sun
A fracture in the slope naturally divides this zone in two parts. The less steep one, where the local vegetation is denser, has gathered more humus than the other steeper one.
On this richer and shadier part there are big boulders which have been used to show off shade dweller plants such as:
- Small sized palm trees (Chamaedorea, Lytocaryum, etc.),
- Bromeliads, among them an interesting collection of Tillandsia,
- orchids, it is noticable that Epidendrum radicans has taken possession of rocks and begins to naturalize by seeding.
- Zamiaceae from Central America thrive and flower very well.
The other part has been planted with sun loving plants. Among them:
- Palm trees such as Syagrus, Allagoptera, Trithrinax, Butia, some of those from Mediterranean climate like Brahea, Jubaea,
- Xerophytic bromeliads like Dyckia, Hechtia, Puya, and of course,
- Cactus and succulent plants which do not need water in summer.