Brout Orchid Collection
Biological Pest Control
Plant Families List
The Life Sciences
Greenhouse is home to several unique collections...
The tropical collection includes plants that normally
grow in tropical areas with temperatures in the 80s and a minimum
temperature of 65 degrees F. Plants in this collection include banana,
coffee, chocolate, pineapple, and plumeria.
The Sub-Tropical Collection area houses our large
fern collection, including staghorn ferns, tree ferns, as well as a
number of fragrant jasmines, olive and pomegranate.
There is also a pond with goldfish and
aquatic plants. Sub-tropical plants can handle nighttime
temperatures to around 45 degrees F.
Xeric Room (cacti and
The desert collection room includes a great number
of plants in the
cactus family as well as individuals from other families that tolerate
dry conditions, like some members of the lily family, the milkweed
family, and the poinsettia family. Of special interest is our
caudiciform collection, an unusual and rare group of plants that store
water by developing a thickened underground stem.
There are two rooms of orchids. The warm
orchid room contains orchids from the tropics. Some of these
orchids are Paphiopedalums,
Phragmepediums, and Phalaenopsis. The cool orchid
room holds orchids that grow in the mountains of South America around
an elevation of about 3000 feet. These orchids include Masdevallias, Draculas,
The multi-purpose room is used for
meetings, lunches, and studying. It's open to everyone to enjoy
and experience a bit of summer in winter.
Although the research area is not open
to the public, the Life Sciences Greenhouse serves as support for the
plant research of faculty, graduate students, and research associates.
We also support classes at Dartmouth College that need plants