Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rio de Janeiro... Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens)

On another day, Franzi and I decided to check out the Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) in Rio.
The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens is located at the Jardim Botânico district in the Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The Botanical Garden shows the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. There are around 6,500 species, some endangered, distributed throughout an area of 54 hectares, and there are numerous greenhouses. The Garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. There is an important research center, which includes the most complete library in the country specializing in botany with over 32,000 volumes.
There were wide walking paths which allowed us to explore the flora.
This tree bark was simply amazing.
Odd stumps
Odd branchs
Colorful leaves
Palm
Succulents 




Petals 
Flowers









I have never been a person that could truly appreciate flora. But the diversity of plants in the Rio botanical gardens was quite impressive. It was a nice excursion inside the city without really leaving the city.

















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