This is a snap of Tibouchina urvilleana, one of a dozen flora photos I collected during a two-hour visit to the Jardín Botánico, or Botanical Garden in Quito, Ecuador. I’d really appreciate some help with IDs of a few of the others. 🙂
Located in the southern portion of the large and centrally located Parque Carolina, the gardens are a welcome respite from the city within the city, and well worth a visit.
It’s small but well laid out, home to more than 500 plant and tree species and an orchid greenhouse with nearly 1,000. Spread out among a pond and separate gardens, other plants are organized by type, geographic region and ecosystem that do more than adequate justice to representing the wildly diverse flora that Ecuador is known for.
It’s a good spot for birding, too. Here’s a playful red-crested cardinal that beat me in a staring game.
If short on time, combine your visit with a stop at the National Museum of Natural Sciences which is next door.
Website: jardinbotanicoquito.com (Spanish only)
Admission: $3.50 adults, $2.00 children & students; open 8am-5pm M-F, 9am-5 Sat.
10min walk from the El Foy stop on the Ecovía electric bus line.
Enjoy the gallery. And please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with some positive IDs.