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Introduction: Staghorn fern pavilion

In the 19th century, most botanic gardens organized their collections in a systematic manner. In other words, plants were grouped scientifically by families – the Orchid House contained only orchids, and so on. Today, botanic gardens usually arrange their collections according ecological aspects, meaning that plants are displayed together with other species from the same natural habitat. As you may already have noticed, our Orchid House doesn’t just contain orchids, but many other plants from lowland tropical rain forests.

The Staghorn Fern Pavilion is an exception: this house contains only tropical ferns and related plants. Presenting them like this is meant to allow you an overview of the many shapes and species of this ancient plant phylum. You’ll see that ferns and their relatives have even conquered the lofty heights of the rain forest. More than two and a half thousand species of ferns are epiphytes, meaning they live on the trunks and branches of trees. We’d like to introduce you to a few interesting groups of these plants.



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Introduction: Staghorn fern pavilion (MP3, 516 KB)

Audio production and copyright: Soundgarden Audioguidance GmbH
Text: Andreas Gröger, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg