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of rare and precious plants
of Yunnan, South-West China
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to achieve our goal of biodiversity protection and increasing income for mountain farmers of ethnic communities of our area, we have given up the sale of seeds in favor of trading bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and cuttings. This way the farmers are helping us to protect the seed sources and mother plants, produce small plants for us under the shade of trees (most of our plants require shade or need trees to climb on, hence, their production favors tree-based farming systems and forests), and receive much more income than by selling seeds, only.
We hope you appreciate our decision. If you wish to purchase bulbs, corms, rhizomes or cuttings, please e-mail us. Our main shipping season is during winter (December to February/March) and it will be necessary to reserve well on time.
If you wish to buy plants please go HERE.
you for your continued support to our concept.
The TianZi Biodiversity Team.
First time: flowering plants of GOLDEN LOTUS (Musella lasiocarpa) are now available for individual orders and on wholesale from our partners in Europe and in the US.
New to science: Musa rubinea, another rare and beautiful dwarf banana species of Yunnan
in our garden:
platychilus, the largest and most beautiful ginger or our area, mildly frost
Newly discovered in our forests: Red Curculigo, a rare species ideal for indoor decoration, tolerant of cooler climates
We are glad to announce that most of our products will soon be available in our first TianZi Tea House in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kindly contact us if you intend to pick up larger quantities of any product there, so we can arrange transport from China on time. Thank you.
|Click into the scientific name for more pictures and information on the species|
giant spider lily
|Araceae, Aroids||Amorphophallus kachinensis|
by far the most non-spectacular flower...
or "Elephant Ear"
odora (sub-tropical variety)
with blue stems, the most elegant of the giant aroids, flowers with lovely fragrance. Very suitable also as an indoor plant.
used locally for asthma and lung cancer
leaves can't get larger than these...
A newly described species
an excellent plant for dark corners
both species, the red and golden sail planted in one pot makes an outstanding arrangement
Snow flake tree
a beautiful indoor design plant and a good "Christmas tree" alternative
a frost tolerant bamboo from central China
the "cotton tree"
the "Cascading Flowers Orchid Tree", a stunning climber
variegata var. candida
flowers are edible
Sorrow-less tree, a sacred tree of the Buddhist culture
|Convolvulaceae, Morning Glories||Evening
a cute little exception: opens flowers in the afternoon
yellow Morning Glory
flowers in winter
spec. from Yunnan
the largest tuber plant of the world!
Orchid palm grass
ideal for miniature plant pot arrangements
probably a new species, tolerant of colder climates
a highly elegant garden flower
an unusual succulent liana that can get 100 years old and 100 kg heavy; the large tubers are used for indoor decoration like bonsai.
A powerful medicine for all kinds of stomach trouble
The elephant ear fig tree: these leaves make a difference
The sacred "Bo" tree of Buddhism
"Elephant Hip Banana"
red torch banana
freshly harvested at place of origin
yunnanensis, a new species!
Musa rubinea, another new species!
again a new species with probably the tallest banana flower on this planet
yellow banana from cool climate lime stone area
new tissue culture cultivars in process
the largest palm of China
Mekong river palm
a very special and rare dwarf palm from the banks of the Upper Mekong river
a beautiful tree
|Mekong fairy bush|
a large vine with an unusual flower
"Bow pepper tree", used in local medicine; tasty leaves and fruit stands that can be used for salads and for cooking. It grows into a bushy tree of about 8 meter.
smallest Sterculia; a good shrub for shaded corners and for indoor with a stunning fruit capsule
a cold tolerant bush with white flowers and extra pretty fruits
Stays smaller than C. japonicum
conchigera a strongly fragrant species with a cascade of small white
flowers, which attract bees and butterflies; keeps leaves in winter; our
most cold tolerant ginger species
used in local medicine for problems related to the stomach
Alpinia sp. "Queen's scepter"
an unidentified beauty
Alpinia platychilus "King's scepter"
by far the most outstanding of our gingers!
A large spiralling species with a great trumpet flower
Golden trumpets strait from the underworld...
"Dancing Girl Ginger"
this smallest of all gingers makes a charming indoor pot plant;
a firework of flowers!
Clearly the most elegant of our lili gingers
Zingiber xishuangbannaese an endemic species of our area
a great cut-flower!
|Buddhist sacred flowers||
seeds of Musella (Musaceae), Ficus (Moraceae), and Bauhinia (Caesalpiniaceae)
|Dry and cut flowers||Cut flowers|
|Decor plant material||
for flower arrangements
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