NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Invitation To Tropical Rainforests’

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A powerful old tree, the face of Nature Tower 360° covered in ferns and epiphytes

Nature Tower 360° is a special exhibit for this event. This huge layout consists of 8 units. Each unit was created by imagining tropical rainforests and waterside areas around the world. The view of the unit 1 is the main visual, and that’s the first area you will see when you visit the Nature Tower 360°. Southeast Asia, mainly Malaysia, Indonesia and surrounding islands are the theme for this unit. Although it looks slightly heavy and dark at first glance, the peaceful time that a magnificent old tree, thriving ferns and epiphytes provide, creates a gap with the timeline of visitors. It purposely attracts the visitors to the Nature Tower 360°.
Mini commentary about Nature Tower 360°
From the Southeast Asia areas in the UNIT1-2 to the Indian area in the UNIT3, the layout gradually becomes more open, and the underwater area looks more festive.
Photo shooting: September 22nd, 2021 (ADA)
Layout: Kota Iwahori

Eleocharis acicularis
Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Mini’
Hygrophila ringens
Cryptocoryne affinis
Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia
Cryptocoryne cordata var. evae
Bucephalandra kishii
Bucephalandra sp. ‘Sintang’
Bucephalandra sp. ‘Deep Blue’
Schismatoglottis roseospatha 
Kiewia ridleyi
Homalomena sp.’Red’
Homalomena sp.’Silver’
Scindapsus sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’
Alocasia cucullata
Sonerila sp. Phang Nga
Begonia polilloensis
Begonia dracopelta
Begonia phoeniogramma
Pellionia repens
Medinilla sp.
Ficus villosa
Nepenthes ampullaria
Nepenthes sanguinea
Utricularia striatula
Bulbophyllum dayanum
Bulbophyllum medusae
Coelogyne speciosa
Asplenium nidus
Microsorum pteropus
Microsorum sp.’Narrow Leaf’
Microsorum sp. ‘Trident’
Dendroconche linguiforme
Bolbitis heteroclita
Davallia trichomanoides
Huperzia nummulariifolia 
Huperzia goebelii
Platycerium ridleyi
Selaginella siamensis
Vesicularia montagnei
Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Peacock’
Hypnum sp.
Plagiomnium acutum
Bartramia pomiformis
Entodon sp.

Fish and Invertebrates
Oryzias woworae
Rasbora kalochroma
Desmopuntius rhomboocellatus
Sphaerichthys selatanensis
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata

Waterside of South America where Echinodorus gather around

A vast area from the southern Amazon to Rio de la Plata is condensed in this area. And a river and a marshy area in Campo, Gran Chaco, and Pampa are depicted rather than tropical rainforest. For that reason, the water surface was widely secured, and the waterside area is stretched out to the lower part of the wall by planting Hydrocotyle leucocephala and Micranthemum sp. extendedly. Although various types of Echinodorus are planted in this unit, not only progenitors but improved varieties are incorporated without hesitation. It also has the meaning of respect for the great predecessors who have created the culture to enjoy aquatic plants in aquariums.
Mini commentary about Nature Tower 360°
After the UNIT4 and 5 with the theme of Madagascar and Africa areas, the journey to go around the waterside areas ends in Central and South America in the Unit6-8.
Photo shooting: September 22nd, 2021 (ADA)
Layout: Kota Iwahori

Micranthemum sp.
Hygrophila sp. ‘Araguaya Red Sharp’
Staurogyne sp.
Ludwigia inclinata
Ludwigia inclinata ‘Green’
Rotala mexicana ‘Araguya’
Cuphea anagalloidea
Bacopa australis
Bacopa lanigera
Alternanthera reineckii ‘Lilacina’
Myriophyllum mattogrossense
Oldenlandia salzmannii
Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Hydrocleys nymphoides
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Pontederia azurea 
Nymphaea sp.
Philodendron brandtianum 
Helanthium tenellum
Helanthium tenellum ‘Madeira’
Helanthium bolivianum var.latifolius
Aquarius uruguayensis
Echinodorus×uruguayensis ‘Variegata’
Aquarius major
Aquarius grandiflorus
Echinodors ×’Ozelot Green Long Leef’
Echinodors ×’Rose’
Echinodorus × opacus
Begonia thermae
Begonia metachroa
Tradescantia zebrina
Episcia cupreata
Cissus amazonica
Passiflora alata
Utricularia nelumbifolia
Cattleya lundii
Tillandsia usneoides
Tillandsia streptocarpa 
Tillandsia heteromorpha 
Vriesea racinae
Vriesea carinata
Aechmea fulgens
Aechmea triticina
Adiantum peruvianum 
Selaginella erythropus
Vesicularia montagnei
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Peacock’
Hypnum sp.
Plagiomnium acutum
Plagiomnium sp.
Entodon sp.

Fish and Invertebrates
Inpaichthys kerri
Hyphessobrycon sweglesi
Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Hyphessobrycon sp.
Hyphessobrycon elachys
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata