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Largo das Orquídeas

The feature perfume of the Cattleya walkeriana, one of the most valued orchid species among collectors, can be felt in this garden during its flowering period, over the months of April and May. There are more than 17 thousand orchids planted in 48 palm trees and occupying the space between the galleries Cildo Meireles and … Continued

Robellini Palm

Originally from Southeast Asia, this plant of great ornamental value is largely cultivated in the tropics, subtropics, and tempered regions. It might reach from 2 to 4 meters high and 15 to 20 centimeters diameter, the reason why it is called a ‘dwarf palm.’ During summer, its fruits are abundant and attract several birds.

Juçara Palm

Also known as sweet heart of palm, its main product is usually consumed naturally or pickled, in addition to being very important for feeding birds. This palm tree of the Atlantic Forest used to occur expressively throughout the forest, yet its predatory exploration made it nearly extinct in several regions. The stem might reach up … Continued

Swamp Cypress

Its 40 meters high, the pyramidal crown, and its cinnamon hue during fall make this cypress one of the botanical highlights of Inhotim. It lives well in flooded areas (thence its popular name) and its roots grow outside of the surface, helping it breathe. The wood can reach different hues, going from rosy to red-yellowish, … Continued

Pinang Yaki

A areca-dourada impressiona pelo alaranjado vivo do seu caule. Os frutos também são atraentes por sua variação de cores (entre o alaranjado e um vermelho forte) e são utilizados por comunidades tradicionais da Indonésia — de onde se originam — para ornamentação. A espécie não tolera frio excessivo ou longos períodos de seca, preferindo os … Continued


Brazil presents the largest diversity of bamboos in the neotropical realm, occurring mainly in the Amazon and the Atlantic Forest, since these species prefer richer soils in terms of the presence of organic matter and constant humidity. The bambuzinho or tiny bamboo is an herbaceous bamboo, found primarily in the coastal forests ranging from Ceará … Continued


A palm tree of huge stilt roots that look like tentacles calls the attention of people walking by Inhotim. It is the distinction of this genus, found in Central America and in the northern states of Brazil. For the Yanomami, it is an important species that serves as food, as well as for construction purposes … Continued

Raffia Palm

Of imposing size, the raffia palm has a solitary stem and the biggest leaves among palm trees, reaching up to 20 meters long. Its set of flowers blooms when the plant reaches 20 to 30 years old. After this event, it starts a senescence process – a slow death that might take up to a … Continued

Canary Island Date Palm

Native to the Canary Islands, this date palm welcomes visitors at the entrance hall of Inhotim. It is one of the most cultivated plants in the hot zones of the planet. Its flowers stand out due to their luminous orange-yellowish color. Contrary to other date palm trees, its fruits are not edible for humans. Its … Continued

Cycad or Queen Sage

The queen sago belongs to the Cycadaceae, a family of plants with prehistorical features. In its scientific name, the term circinalis is Latin for ‘spiral,’ making reference to the rolled leaflets (parts of the leaves) during its young phase. Similar to a small palm, it has long, rigid, and shiny leaves that can reach up … Continued



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