OurPlants

Discover our exotic rainforest plants all within the heart of Swansea. We have many species for you to discover.

here are the top 10

OurPlants

Discover our exotic rainforest plants all within the heart of Swansea. We have many species for you to discover.

here are the top 10

Weeping Fig

FICUS BENJAMINA

Native Distribution

Asia & Australia

Family

Moraceae

ICONIC!

Beautifully twisted fig trees are probably what you picture when you think of the rainforest. Also known as a Benjamin tree, weeping figs can reach a WHOPPING height of up to 30 metres. This weeping fig tree thrives in both full sunshine or in the dense shade of the rainforest.

Weeping Fig

FICUS BENJAMINA

Native Distribution

Asia & Australia

Family

Moraceae

ICONIC!

Beautifully twisted fig trees are probably what you picture when you think of the rainforest. Also known as a Benjamin tree, weeping figs can reach a WHOPPING height of up to 30 metres. This weeping fig tree thrives in both full sunshine or in the dense shade of the rainforest.

Aloe Vera

ALOE VERA (same in Latin & English)

Native Distribution

Canary Islands, Madeira

Family

Asphodelaceae

MAGIC!

Aloe Vera is grown in the arid regions of the world, where it flourishes in hot and dry climates. Aloe produces a gel which resembles a clear jelly. This magic gel contains 75 different vitamins, enzymes and amino acids which are super healthy for our bodies.  It can survive for more than 100 years – amazing!

Aloe Vera

ALOE VERA (same in Latin & English)

Native Distribution

Canary Islands, Madeira

Family

Asphodelaceae

MAGIC!

Aloe Vera is grown in the arid regions of the world, where it flourishes in hot and dry climates. Aloe produces a gel which resembles a clear jelly. This magic gel contains 75 different vitamins, enzymes and amino acids which are super healthy for our bodies.  It can survive for more than 100 years – amazing!

Black Pepper

PIPER NIGRUM

Native Distribution

Malaya & Java

Family

Piperaceae

KING OF THE SPICES

Often called the ‘King of Spices’ you’ll find it on your dinner table next to salt. It’s a very common spice added to most cuisines all over the world.
Black pepper is made from whole fruit, but white pepper is made from the fruit with the black skin removed! 

Black Pepper

PIPER NIGRUM

Native Distribution

Malaya & Java

Family

Piperaceae

KING OF THE SPICES

Often called the ‘King of Spices’ you’ll find it on your dinner table next to salt. It’s a very common spice added to most cuisines all over the world.
Black pepper is made from whole fruit, but white pepper is made from the fruit with the black skin removed! 

Papaya

CARICA PAPAYA

Native Distribution

Central America & Brazil

Family

Caricaceae

Fruity!

Paw Paw fruit grows on small pyramid-shaped trees. Tiny compared to other tropical plants, hardly reaching 7 metres. Papaya is ripe for eating when the fruit starts to turn orange but the unripe fruit and the plants latex can be used to tenderize meat.

The fruit looks like a short round banana and has the texture of custard!

Papaya

CARICA PAPAYA

Native Distribution

Central America & Brazil

Family

Caricaceae

Fruity!

Paw Paw fruit grows on small pyramid-shaped trees. Tiny compared to other tropical plants, hardly reaching 7 metres. Papaya is ripe for eating when the fruit starts to turn orange but the unripe fruit and the plants latex can be used to tenderize meat.

The fruit looks like a short round banana and has the texture of custard!

Bird of Paradise

STRELITZIA REGINAE

Native Distribution

South Africa

Family

Strelitziaceae

TROPICAL BEAUTY!

Large blue and orange blossoms look just like brightly coloured exotic birds.  This strange and beautiful bird of paradise plant is actually related to the common banana.

Bird of Paradise

STRELITZIA REGINAE

Native Distribution

South Africa

Family

Strelitziaceae

TROPICAL BEAUTY!

Large blue and orange blossoms look just like brightly coloured exotic birds.  This strange and beautiful bird of paradise plant is actually related to the common banana.

Avocado

PERSEA AMERICANA

Native Distribution

South America

Family

Lauraceae

SMASHING!

There is so much protein packed into just one avocado!  This makes them a popular choice to smash or slice for breakfast and brunches.

Avocados can reach a height of 20 metres but need other avocado trees close by in order to pollinate and grow.

Avocado

PERSEA AMERICANA

Native Distribution

South America

Family

Lauraceae

SMASHING!

There is so much protein packed into just one avocado!  This makes them a popular choice to smash or slice for breakfast and brunches.

Avocados can reach a height of 20 metres but need other avocado trees close by in order to pollinate and grow.

Rubber Plant

FICUS ELASTICA

Native Distribution

South America

Family

Moraceae

OOZE!

You will often see the humble Rubber plant in people’s homes, but you might not know that this is where latex comes from!  It oozes milky sap that can be turned into all kinds of useful products like medical gloves or birthday balloons.

Rubber Plant

FICUS ELASTICA

Native Distribution

South America

Family

Moraceae

OOZE!

You will often see the humble Rubber plant in people’s homes, but you might not know that this is where latex comes from!  It oozes milky sap that can be turned into all kinds of useful products like medical gloves or birthday balloons.

Coffee

COFFEA ARABICA

Native Distribution

Ethiopia, Angola

Family

Rubiaceae

WAKE UP!

These high-quality beans are super popular, millions of cups of coffee are made from these aromatic beans every day.  

Coffee beans are technically seeds, they’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them ‘beans’ because they look like beans!

Coffee

COFFEA ARABICA

Native Distribution

Ethiopia, Angola

Family

Rubiaceae

WAKE UP!

These high-quality beans are super popular, millions of cups of coffee are made from these aromatic beans every day.  

Coffee beans are technically seeds, they’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them ‘beans’ because they look like beans!

Banana

MUSA CAVENDISHII

Native Distribution

South China

Family

Musaceae

GIANT HERB!

The banana tree is not truly a tree, it actually grows on a herbaceous plant!  This giant clumping tropical herb can live up to 6 years.

Bananas are the most economically important tropical plants and have many health benefits.  They help our hearts, digestions and are pretty tasty! Oh, and watch out for those slippery skins!

Banana

MUSA CAVENDISHII

Native Distribution

South China

Family

Musaceae

GIANT HERB!

The banana tree is not truly a tree, it actually grows on a herbaceous plant!  This giant clumping tropical herb can live up to 6 years.

Bananas are the most economically important tropical plants and have many health benefits.  They help our hearts, digestions and are pretty tasty! Oh, and watch out for those slippery skins!

Lemon Tree

CITRUS LIMON

Native Distribution

South Asia

Family

Rutaceae

JUICY!

Look carefully - can you spot a lemon? 

Lemon trees have been around for a long time arriving in Europe during the time of Ancient Rome. The average life span is over 50 years, but some can even make it to 100 years.As well as tasting great they have loads of healthy stuff in them!

A whole raw lemon contains 139% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake and has 22 calories.

Lemon Tree

CITRUS LIMON

Native Distribution

South Asia

Family

Rutaceae

JUICY!

Look carefully - can you spot a lemon? 

Lemon trees have been around for a long time arriving in Europe during the time of Ancient Rome. The average life span is over 50 years, but some can even make it to 100 years.As well as tasting great they have loads of healthy stuff in them!

A whole raw lemon contains 139% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake and has 22 calories.

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