The National Botanical Garden contains more than 30,000 species of native and exotic plants. The garden also boasts rare and endangered plants from different geographical regions of the world, a representation of 10 percent of the world’s plant species. But what are some of the exotic plants you can see there? Here’re some of our favorites.
Welwitschia – A Giant Octopus in the Desert
When viewed from afar, this plant, also known as tree tumbo, looks like a giant octopus stranded in the desert. The plant is native to the deserts of Namibia and Angola in Africa, where rainfall is minimal. Although it’s easy to assume these plant won’t live too long, as their leaves are always drooping, they can actually live a long time. Some can even live more than 2,000 years if they are well taken care of.