Special Collections Exhibits
The Fuqua Conservatory’s Special Collections display, located between the Orangerie and Desert House, features an array of themed plants changed seasonally to highlight unique specimens and plant connections in the Garden's collection. Plant adaptations found in succulents and ant plants (plants that provide ants food and/or shelter), a showcase of bromeliads, and a display of the plant order Zingiberales, are just a few stories highlighted in this unique and engaging space.
Called an “ant plant” because of its symbiotic relationship with ants, Hydnophytum provides a habitat in the hollows of its stems for ant colonies in the forest canopy. In turn, the ants protect the plant by swarming to defend their home and provide nutrients through the waste they leave in the tunnels.
Native to Madagascar, this spiny succulent has adapted to survive in dry conditions. Like many Euphorbia species it oozes a toxic, milky latex if injured by a predator.
Native to South Africa, this succulent produces beautiful coral colored flowers that attract pollinators, like butterflies, necessary for reproduction. It has fleshy, grey-green leaves to retain water in hot, dry climates.
Native to Madagascar, tiny hairs cover the leaves of Kalanchoe tomentosa, commonly called panda plants, giving them a fuzzy, velvety appearance. These hairs allow the plant to reflect light, reduce water evaporation, and protect it from wind and heat.