Economic use and evolution
Free access. Ticket desk for Windows on the World is located here.
- Built in 1858
- Desired temperature: 11 - 17ºC
- Relative humidity: 60%
The light levels in this house are far lower than those in the glasshouse range built in the 1960s. This is because of the wide stone pillars. Since the temperature never falls below 10°C, many frost-tender species thrive here.
Palms are arguably the most useful group of plants on our planet. They provide a vast range of economic products from foods such as dates and coconuts to oils used in cosmetics and cooking.
The beds along the walls of this 30.48 meter (100ft) by 18.29 meter (60ft) house show how plants have evolved, from the most primitive organisms like ferns (Pteridophyte) and mosses (Bryophyte) to complex flowers such as daisies (Compositae) and orchids (Orchidaceae).
To the north and south of the main door, there are two stone benches which are used as a temporary display for flowering plants that are usually kept out of public view in the research and support areas, for example the orchids & Vireya rhododendrons in spring.