Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam

Established in 1638, the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Though it covers only 1.2 hectares, it holds about 4,000 plant species from across all continents, including many threatened plant species such as cycads. I recently visited Amsterdam in order to see the Hortus and its beautiful, unusual, and rare plants. These are just a few of the many photos I took during the day that I was able to spend there.

Philodendron bipinnatifidum

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White-topped pitcher plant (Sarracenia leucophylla)

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Lobelia cardinalis

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Cannomois virgata

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Bush lily (Clivia miniata)

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Eastern Cape giant cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii)

This specimen of Encephalartos altensteinii or Eastern Cape Giant Cycad is one of the oldest potted plants in the Western world. This plant originates from the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa and was transported to the Netherlands about 300 years ago. In 1850 the Hortus bought the plant from the plant collection of the late Dutch King William the Second. Since that day this specimen has been the showpiece of the Hortus.

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