The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Organ Mountains in Brazil

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922. The Organ Mountains of Brazil, Dr. Gardner observes, 'are situated to the north of Rio de Janeiro, and about sixty-three miles distant. They rise to the height of about 7000 feet, and take their name from a fancied resemblance which their peaks have to the tubes of an organ when seen from a distance.' These mountains are particularly rich in orchideous plants; and on them Dr. Gardner found the beautiful Fuchsia integri-folia, which has a climbing stem, and attaches itself to all kinds of trees, often reaching to a height of from forty to a hundred feet. Various kinds of passion-flower were found both on these mountains and in other parts of Brazil. Numerous kinds of Achimenes and other splendid plants are also natives of this country.