High Elevation House
The diversity of plants found in the Cloud Forest of the Andes Mountains in South America rivals that of any other area in the world.
The centerpiece of the High Elevation House is a massive waterfall constructed of Georgia granite boulders mantled with brilliantly flowered Andean orchids like Odontoglossum, Masdevallia and Phragmipedium. Neotropical blueberries bearing bright clusters of tubular flowers and exotic bromeliads are prominently displayed. Fallen logs are laden with mosses, ferns and delicately flowered miniature orchids such as Stelis and Porroglossum.
The flat, table-topped "tepui" mountains of Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia have been termed by writers as "islands in time" or "ecological islands." Geographically isolated from the surrounding savanna and from neighboring table-top mountains, each tepui hosts its own unique flora and fauna.
Carnivorous bromeliads, orchids, and insect-trapping sun pitchers, Heliamphora, are some of the featured flora that surrounds a recreation of this rocky table-top landscape.
Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, at 4,101 meters is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. The diversity of plants found on Mt. Kinabalu is among the richest on earth.
Orchids of this region include Coelogyne and Dendrobium. Tropical Rhododendron flower throughout the year. Spectacular Nepenthes lowii and N. rajah, tropical carnivorous pitcher plants found only on Mount Kinabalu, flourish in the High Elevation House.