Founded in 1933, this municipally operated garden has an area of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and has long specialized in succulents. Its location on a steep hillside, overlooking the city, is spectacular. The garden contains 4000 succulent plant taxa, the origin of 800 (20%) documented. The cacti are among the most important succulent groups represented in the garden. In addition to the large public display area on the cliff, there are many glass and shade houses housing cacti, but these are available only by appointment. Cacti in the collection that are listed in Appendix I of the cites Cactaceae Checklist (Hunt 1999a) include Ariocarpus,Astro-phytum, Discocactus, Mammillaria, Melocactus, Obregonia, Pediocactus, Turbinicarpus, and Uebelmannia. Cactus collectors who have deposited material in the Jardin Exotique include C. Backeberg, R. Kiesling, and W. Rauh.
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