Admittedly, it was a bit of a challenge to hope to find surprising traces of plant diversity in this most populous territory in the world in relation to its surface area: 150 million human beings in only 130,000 km2, i.e. around 1,200 inhabitants per km2, thus ten times more than in France.
And yet, we went from surprise to surprise. The great chance for plant survival is the diversity of landscapes and altitudes, generating a patchwork of microclimates along the slopes of volcanoes, near waterfalls, karst landforms, and the entrances of their caves. And even in man-patterned areas, such as agroforests, many species of undergrowth remain in their place.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, he is credited as the inventor of the hydroponic Mur Végétal, or Vertical Garden, over 40 years ago. His lush tropical creations are found across the world, and he’s known for his love of biodiversity. His 250+ planted projects have hundreds of species, as opposed to the handful of many other designers. Check out his website for more information.
Dusty Gedge, our good friend from the UK said:
“You just got to love Patrick Blanc and his love of tropical plants – I have had the pleasure of walking through jungles with him – worth a watch – the #greenwalls man” ~ Dusty Gedge
When you have the time, I definitely recommend watching both of these very interesting videos:
Field Trip with Patrick Blanc in Java – Part 1: Surabaya, Malang, Bromo National Park, Blitar, Pacitan in Java, Indonesia