Heliconia Rostrata in the Great Wings Butterfly House in Durham, NC. The three story structure is filled with tropical plants that the butterflies love. It is kept warm and humid. Sun streams in through the skylight roof; one feels one is in a tropical jungle.
The Southern Ground Hornbill, lives in in a family group, needs savannah and is the largest of the ground hornbills. The bright red patches of bare flesh are thought to protect the bird's eyes from insects as it forages. The landscape of the Chobe savannah is variable and fascinating. Elephants and termites are responsible for a lot of it's features.
Reed Orchid, Epidendrum, with reed like stems, these orchids grow as epiphytes on trees or in the ground. Over 1000 species grow in tropical America. Named by Carolus Linnaeus in 1740, when he wrote "Species Orchidum" & established scientific names for orchid genes and species. Many reed orchids have small flowers vividly colored like the humming birds and butterflies that pollinate them.
July in Elsie Reford's Garden displays a panoply of beautifully colored azaleas. Grand -Métis is normally too cool for this plant, but these are protected by being in a dell. Still they grow in a more compact form than they would normally.