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Taipei pavilion blossoms into botanical garden

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After years of renovation, Taipei Expo Park's Pavilion of the Future reopened today as a large botanical garden with over 1,000 species of plants.

Taipei City Department of Economic Development yesterday said that after the renovation, Pavilion of the Future, which set a record of 2.5 million people visiting the park during the Taipei International Flora Expo (TIFE) in 2010, now houses the most botanical species in Taiwan.

The department said the botanical garden at the Pavilion of the Future consists of six zones, which include indigenous unicellular plants, tropical and subtropical plants, temperate plants, orchids and pteridophyte, succulent plants, as well as a section of alpine plants.

Taipei City Government said Peng Ching-I (彭鏡毅) of Academia Sinica's Biodiversity Research Center lent his 20-year collection of over 100 types of begonias to Pavilion of the Future's temperate zone.

Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center (財團法人辜嚴倬雲植物保種暨環境保護發展基金會保種中心) will offer over 70 types of pteridophytes for exhibition, which includes such rare species as the Aglaomorpha meyeniana and Pteris wulaiensis Kuo, both endemic to Taiwan, as well as the Adiantum reniforme, the city government said.

Apart from the six botanical zones, Taipei City Government is holding an exhibition of “World Tropical Seeds” with over 200 different seeds from the world. Visitors will be able to see the largest seed in the world — the Coco de Mer, a palm endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles — and the smallest seed in the world.

In order to assist visitors in learning more about plants featured in the Pavilion of Future, the city government launched an audio tour adapted for Android smartphones with introductions to over 70 plants.

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The photograph taken yesterday shows the zone of succulent plants in the Pavilion of the Future at Taipei Expo Park. The Pavilion of the Future, which now houses more than 1,000 botanical species, reopened today.

(Courtesy of Taipei City Department of Economic Development )

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