Bananas are found in the genus Musa, and the family Musacaceae. Check out these photos of banana plants just beginning to bloom in the north room of the Tucker greenhouse.
Also, the Tucker greenhouse now has a large Papaya tree (courtesy of Josh with the Campus Grounds Crew)….check out the large papayas hanging from the top of this tree.
The Tucker greenhouse also has a really nice Coffee plant. Right now it’s filled with ripened coffee ‘beans’….It’s located in a shady area in the tropical room in the north east corner.
Also, the Tucker greenhouse has a beautiful yellow Hibiscus plant blooming most of the year. In the photo below, the ‘Tucker greenhouse volunteer extraordinaire’, Natalie, is showcasing its beauty.
The photo below is a close-up of the specialized pistil and stamens found on this beautiful Hibiscus flower.
And lastly, the two photos below are of two different types of Orchids found in the Orchidaceae family. The first is a terrestrial orchid called Haemaria discolor. The second is a close-up of the gynostemiun of a Phalaenopsis orchid. All orchids are located in the north room on the east bench.