Tropical plants useful to Man

Tropical plants useful to Man

 

Plant biodiversity is essential to Man’s survival. He uses plants for food, medicine and clothing.
The second greenhouse presents a few species chosen from those grown most heavily in the tropical regions for their many uses, such as: 


-    medicinal plants: Madagascan periwinkle, Florida palm, camphor tree;
-    plants used in cosmetics: Aloe vera;
-    plants used as a colorant: lipstick tree;
-    plants used for food: papaya tree, cocoa bush, banana tree, manioc, rice;
-    plants from which spices are produced: turmeric, pepper tree, all-spice, cinnamon tree, galanga;
-    plants used in industry: hevea (whose latex produces rubber), soapbark tree (from which saponin is extracted to make soap);
-    fibrous plants: ramie, cotton plant, sisal;
-    plants for ritual use in Amazonia: ayahuasca.