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Jardim botanico.

Each of the 141 hectares of the Botanical Garden in Rio gives shelter to some of the main examples of Brazilian (and worldwide) flora. The “Imperial Palm Trees” symbolizing the Brazilian Empire (these plants are, also, one of the main attraction of the garden) were sowed by prince-regent D. Joao VI in 1809. The tall, secular trees mix perfectly with orchids, water lilies, bromeliads, flamboyant trees and many more. The vast, gorgeous tropical foliage makes the Jardim Botanico the favourite place for academics, nature lovers, and all those looking for peace and quiet. Here we go with some pictures.. Join me ...

Turtles (Trachemys dorbignyi) eagerly basking are easy to spot in hot, sunny afternoons.

Specimens of Victoria regia (the largest nymphaea of the world) originating from the Amazon forest - no wonder they thrive here (regrettably there where no flowers)

A small, fast flowing, stream “sings” hidden in the forest. There were a lot of them...

Among others, a beautiful (possibly a Cattleya sp.) flowering orchid  is waiting for visitors in the “orchid’s greenhouse”...

At last, you can see the already mentioned “Imperial Palms”.

This shot, taken in the so called “japanese garden” leads us – eventually may I add? – to a few fish pictures.

A HUGE (60 cm/two feet) Koi carp.

The pictures of fishes (below) were NOT taken at the Japanese garden but instead in ponds, fountains and alike hosting more “brazilian related” fish and plants. As a matter of fact these are Amazonian fish and it is very wise that they have not mixed them with “non native” species.

Despite the muddy water the loriicarid catfish should be visible ...

A better shot (although not good enough to identify them) with more specimens in sight.

A “wolf fish” (Hoplias malabaricus, tentative identification) hunting in the ambush; no wonder small fishes were scarce round there ... 

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