KEW GARDENS PALM HOUSE.
Plant power never fails to surprise at the palm house. Temperature control indeed creates a non-stop growing season and this spring sees an incredible display from the Scarlet Flame Bean from Venezuela with its curious buds opening into large vivid red flowers. There are quite a few rare, endangered plants here beautifully conserved such as Maingaya malayana, a Witch Hazel from West Malaysia. It is a tree nearly gone due to habitat loss now displaying small yellow flowers. This year many epiphytic orchids have been added throughout and this layers the space further and creates unusual, unexpected combinations. Photographing here can be tricky with low light levels and mist so it takes a fair amount of experimentation and patience. I try and visit a couple of times a year to discover this ever-changing plant landscape.
1. Maingaya malayana 2. Acalypha hispida 3. Kerriodoxa elegans 4. Zingiber spectabile 5. Cycas rumphii 6. Ptychosperma macarthurii 7. Pavonia × gledhillii 8. Sanchezia stenomacra 9. Aechmea fosteriana 10. Sabal minor All photographs by Amir Schlezinger.