Cinnamomum camphora

Cinnamomum camphora

The section hosting species of economic importance is located eastwards.

The plants included are cultivated for commercial purposes such as aromatic, stock-breeding as well as fruiting species, vegetables and root crops.

The visitor can also see industrial plants used for massive production of fibre, wax, tannin, timber, oil, fuel, beverage, paints, perfumes and toxic substances.

Some of the most typical plants of this section offer products of every day use like cork (Quercus suber), cotton (Gossypium spp.), tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), flax (Linum usitatissimum), jojoba (Simmondsia sinensis) etc. In addition, traditionally cultivated varieties of grapes (Vitis vinifera), peaches, apricots, cherries, apples, pears, oranges, tangerines and other taxa of the Rutaceae family are hosted here.

Quercus suber

Quercus suber (cork oak)

In the pools of this section the visitor may become familiar with the gigantic leaves of the aquatic species Nelumbo nucifera and Nelumbo lutea, traditionally cultivated for the commercial value of their seeds and their edible roots.