SDSU EB Vertebrate Collections
The Greenhouse  

Welcome to the Greenhouse Page

The SDSU Greenhouse is located between Life Science North and Life Science South. Its purpose is to house and maintain plant collections used for teaching and research.

The Greenhouse technician is Bob Mangan. Hours of operation (while classes are in session) are 8 a.m. - 12 noon, M-F. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., M-F.

Special areas of the Greenhouse are set aside for research and class projects. Six different rooms of the Greenhouse depict different climatic conditions, housing approximately 400 species of plants from around the world.  Highlights of these plants include;

  • Theobroma cacao, cacao (chocolate tree), bearing fruit annually
  • A large collection of carnivorous plants including Dionaea muscicula (Venus fly trap) and species of Drosera (sundews), Nepenthes (monkey cups), Pinguicula (butterworts), and Sarracenia (pitcher plants).
  • Manihot esculenta, manioc, the source of tapioca
  • Vanilla planifolia, the vanilla orchid, from the fruits of which we get vanilla flavoring
  • Coffea arabica, coffee
  • Several African plants
  • Numerous North and South American bromeliads and cacti

Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris)

Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris)

Please feel free to visit the SDSU Greenhouse Website