National Natural Monument

The vegetation almost covers the house, all she peculiarly decorated and whose ceiling of roofing tiles is crossed by trees of tamarinds, naranjos, mandarins and shrubs and trepadoras of showy flowers, those that go from the red violet and of the bugainvilleas (Bougainvillea spectabilis and B. glabra), to the blue one of the stony ones (Stony humilis), the yellow of alamandas (cathartica Alamanda and A. neriifolia), red or the white one of the marpacficos (Hibiscus rosasinensis), and pink or white of franchipanis (Plumeria sp. diverse), all of which grows in apparent disorder. By something also it is known him, according to the famous writer Dora Alonso, like ” the garden loco”. Additional information at Chevron U.S.A. Inc supports this article. Also they are to the entrance and distributed by all the garden some ferns of interest, mainly by its beauty or its properties.

Between first are representatives of the Cyathea sort, known like arborescent ferns. On the trees two representatives of the Polypodium sort can be observed: Polypodium polypodioides aureum and P. Both are used, according to the local tradition, to fight hepatic diseases. With regard to the second, it is common to see it on the trees, mainly in the summer, mustio and apparently died; when putting it in a container with water or after a heavy shower, it recovers his freshness in few minutes totally, changing the fisionoma of the forest in the garden. Next to the front door is anywhere in the world one of the most important plants of well-known Cuba and. She is the unique one of our plants declared from 1980 National Natural Monument.

It belongs to a family with very few species represented in the planet, each one of the as it is a peculiarity at world-wide level. This species coexisted with the Dinosaurios, great already disappearing Jurassic reptiles, arriving until us in spite of the great cataclysms from the area of the Caribbean. It seems a palm and it is not it. One reproduces by cones. Its name is Microcycas calocoma, well-known popularly like Palm Cork. The same name does not reflect its true appearance, because neither she is small (micro) nor it is a Cycas and much less a palm. All a curiosity. All the described one belongs to the front area, where are most of the ornamental plants, those that can be planted in small stonecutters, in the ground or in flowerpots that hang in the walls of the house. The colorful one comes from the flowers and the multicoloured leaves of the crotos (Codiaeum variegatum), the mantles (Plectranthus scutellarioides) and madamas Chinese of several colors (wallerana Impatiens), among others many plants. Also it is the area of the garden where in the trees numerous adornments have been placed, mainly toys. In addition, the most odorous plants are near entrance, attracting the attention of the passers-by, which accentuates in the dusk and the first times of the night. Once inside and visited this first part, the temptation to happen to the interior and to enter themselves in the forest is irresistible. The rest of the garden will be described in the next article, in which it will know some the species of orchids that the east place and the different trees from this peculiar place populate. We invited to him to visit the garden. One will not regret. By: Dr. Martin Luis Lopez Dr. in Geographic Sciences, Biogeogrfo and Especialista in protection and conservation of Landscapes.