Nursery and Seed Bank
Next to the Research and Education Center are the nursery and seed bank. These units are responsible for the Botanical Garden’s live exhibits, collection of live specimens and the conservation and propagation of endangered and native plants. The nursery currently houses about 1,000 species, many of them orchids, such as Sobralia and Phaius orchids. The elephant ear orchid, the largest butterfly orchid that grows on tree trunks, and double coconut, the plant with the heaviest seeds are also represented. The seed bank holds a collection of seeds from Botanical Garden plants. It also carries out exchanges with related agencies in Taiwan and abroad, as well as tissue cultivation of a diversity of plant species. Currently, the endangered Lilium speciosum has been successfully cultivated. Many other orchid species have also been grown into seedlings. The terminal buds of a number of alpine plants have been preserved in liquid nitrogen.