Wander the cloud forest inside The Spheres
More than 400 different types of plants from over 30 countries live inside The Spheres, which opened in 2018 at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. In other parts of the world, these plants grow in a type of tropical region called a cloud forest. A cloud forest is a type of rainforest that’s very misty because of all the moisture in the air. While there aren't any actual clouds inside The Spheres, it definitely feels like you’re walking through an otherworldly forest, surrounded by colorful and unusual plants.
Follow your guide Justin through this forest, as he makes his way from an indoor waterfall, to a 600-gallon paludarium (that’s a really fancy word for a type of fish tank), then to a “chocolate tree,” right up to the very top of a 55-foot tall tree named Rubi. Just how did they fit a giant tree like Rubi inside The Spheres, anyway? Watch the video to find out!
Words and plants to know
As you watch along, listen out for the following terms; they're referenced chronologically throughout the video.
Horticulturist: Horticulturists learn about plants and use that knowledge to grow plants healthy and strong.
Ambassador: An ambassador is a representative. The Spheres ambassadors know unique facts about the building and can help answer questions for our guests.
Paludarium: A paludarium is a swamp-like version of an aquarium that combines elements of water and land. In addition to providing a home for 24 species of fish, the paludarium at The Spheres has plants that grow up and out of the water.
Theobroma cacao: This "chocolate tree" produces a fruit that can be turned into chocolate.
Epiphyte: A plant that grows on top of another plant.
Bromeliad: A bromeliad is a type of flowering plant. Pineapples, for example, are bromeliads.
Begonia pavonina: Also known as the peacock begonia, this plant native to Malaysia is a glowy blue.
Asian pitcher plant: This plant has leaves shaped like long tubes. Insects attracted to nectar at the top of the tube fall inside.
Ant plant: The ant plant is a type of epiphyte that gets its nutrients by hosting ant colonies.
Ficus rubiginosa: This is the official name for Rubi, the 50-year-old rusty fig tree that lives in The Spheres.
Ethnobotanical: A tree like the Mozambique Tree Aloe in The Spheres is an ethnobotanical, or a plant that has uses for people.
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