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Monte Palace Tropical Garden

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Plants from all over the world are part of the collection of 100,000 species at Monte Palace Tropical Garden on the Portuguese island of Madeira. It not only includes azaleas, heather and a wide variety of ferns, but also cycads (encephalartos), which are considered living fossils. The garden contains some 60 of the 72 known species.

There is also an area devoted to Madeiran flora, with samples of most of the species in the Macronesia Laurissilva Forest, in addition to other endangered species like the Pittosporum coriaceum, more commonly known as mocan.

The garden is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission is €10. It’s part of Quinta Monte Palace, which belongs to the José Berardo Foundation.

(Photo courtesy of Madeira Tourism)

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