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Plants in extreme environments

This specially-created Extremes Garden showcases the amazing adaptations plants have made to survive in extreme environments.

The Extremes Garden includes more than 50 plants to recreate a desert setting in the leafy surroundings of SE23, linking with our current popular Extremes exhibition.

Its centrepiece is a 10-foot Giant Cycad – a slow-growing South African species resembling a palm tree and estimated to be about 150 years old – which has been kindly loaned to us by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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