Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Botanical Society Conservatory, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape.

South Africa is home to almost a third of the world’s succulents and has over 1400 bulbous plants. Many are found nowhere else.  The conservatory enables one to see a small part of this unique and diverse flora. The main house, dominated by a large baobab, features succulents from the arid regions of southern Africa. Special collections of bulbs, ferns and alpine plants are displayed in the smaller corner houses. As you walk through the glasshouse, the way plants have adapted to the climatic extremes in southern Africa is explained. Storyboards draw attention to curiosities such as “window plants’, “living stones”, and “nurse plants”. The central area contains plants from dry regions of Southern Africa. Features include:

•    Ferns. They are typically found on the forest floor and include ferns, streptocarpus, peperomias and plectranthus. The temperature is maintained between 20 and 25oC and the humidity above 70%.
•    Bulbs. Displays plants from the collection of 500 bulbous plant species. You may recognise the wild ancestors of ixia, sparaxis, nerine, gladiolus and freesia.
•    Coastal Fynbos. Unique type of vegetation that grows only in the Western Cape. Several species have been saved from extinction.
•    Alpines. Many of the plants that grow at high altitude, on steep mountain slopes and snow-covered peaks. From the Drakensberg as well as the Cape fold mountains.
•    Stone plants (lithops). Small succulents that often escape notice because they are so well hidden.
•    Bookings: School Groups: Contact the Education Centre at +27 (21) 762 1166. All others +27 (21) 761 4916.
•    Guided Tours. Contact the Information Office at +27 (21) 761 4916
•    Wheelchair Accessibility. Series of ramps allow easy accessibility

Open from 11h00 to 16h00 on weekdays and 10h00 to 16h00 over weekends. AABotsoc

Contct:            National Botanical Society
+27 (21) 797 2090 telephone
+27 (21) 797 2376 fax

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