Cactus Cupola House

The plants in this house come for the most part from the sub-tropical Sonora semi-desert in America. This geologically very ancient area for plants has a large variety of cactuses, which is why it is also known as a cactus desert.

The most impressive of the cactuses are the large torch cactuses (Pachycereus pringlei). In addition there are various species of opuntias and agaves. The pereskias, which are only weakly succulent (water-storing) plants and have normal, persistent leaves, are amongst the most primeval cactuses that we can find today. The large examples of Klumpstamm (Beaucarnea) and Rauhschopf (Dasylirion) belong to the family of dracaena palms.

Apart from these, the jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis) also grows here. It produces the valuable jojoba oil. Plants of the pineapple family are further inhabitants of this cactus desert, such as Hechtia or Dyckia.