Biology Greenhouse Complex
Teaching Collection

The complex is home to a diverse collection of plants from around the world which are used in lectures and labs to provide hands-on real-life specimens for study.

Cactus House - GH 1: Although named the cactus house, this greenhouse is home to a diverse collection of plants. The succulent and caudiciform collection includes cacti, euphorbs, stapeliads, haworthias, asclepiads, etc. Other important plants found inside are male and female Gnetum nomen trees, over thirty year old Welwitschia mirabilis plants, and plants from Socotra and Madagascar.

Cactus House

Tropical Plant House - GH 3:  Here resides plants that would be found in a rainforest ecosystem. Important food and spice plants include Chocolate Trees, Kola Nut trees, Vanilla Orchid vines, a Miracle Fruit bush, a Jackfruit Tree, and Manihot plants. Also found is a diverse collection of Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes) which eat insects to obtain necessary nutrients for growth. Orchids, ferns, ant plants, corpse flowers, and many other plants with intriguing life histories can be found in this warm, humid habitat.

Tropical House

The Lath House : The lath house provides shade to many types of plants. Here, one can see beautiful American Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia) and other carnivorous plants like Nepenthes, Pinguicula, Drosera, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia. Gymnosperms such as conifers, cycads, and Ginkgo can be found there. An in-ground pond holds numerous aquatic and semi-aquatic plants e.g., Giant Horsetail, Chara, Elodea, Sensitive Mimulus, Water Hyacynth, Water Lettuce and African Water Lily.

Lath House

Outdoor Planters and Benches: The west-side triangular planters are home to rare Frankinsence trees, Horseradish Trees (Moringa), ancestral corn, and other interesting and usefull plants. The east-side benches are home to numerous native California plants from the deserts to the coast. Most of the plants which can grow well in our climate can be found on the outdoor benches.

East Benches